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Kildare drop plans to fight fine

By Colm Keys

Kildare have decided to withdraw their request for a hearing to contest the €5,000 fine imposed on them for their players' involvement in the fracas in their NFL clash with Monaghan.



It follows the decision of the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) last weekend to sanction Monaghan with the loss of their next home league match for their involvement in the same incident.



Kildare admitted in a statement that the threat of being forced to play their next home league match in Derry has forced the decision.



"We are making this decision in light of the outcome of the Monaghan case, ie they would lose home advantage in their next league fixture," Kildare chairman John McMahon said.



"We feel it would be unfair to ask our loyal supporters to travel to Derry for our Round 4 fixture which would be our next 'home' game."



A trip to Derry for Kildare would require an overnight stay, plus significant food and travel bills, while the loss of revenue at the gate and the impact on exposure of local sponsors also had to be weighed in.



Kildare only had three home league games and one of those, the opening match against Tyrone, was switched to Croke Park.



The Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) had originally proposed to fine the two counties €5,000 each. However, the CHC's subsequent ruling could cost Monaghan a lot more, with the loss of significant gate receipts for a match in Clones against Louth and other spin-offs.



In their attempt to stamp out violent scenes, the disciplinary bodies have been dishing out tough medicine - and counties are taking notice.



Cork and Armagh had both originally signalled their intention to request hearings instead of accepting the original €5,000 fine proposal, but like Kildare, the Orchard County are reconsidering.



Four players, two each from Cork and Armagh, will seek hearings in an attempt to avoid bans. Three of them are fighting possible one-match suspensions, while the Rebels' Michael Shields faces a two-game ban.

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