TheTyrone county board is bracing itself for a series of appeals following severe punishments handed down by the Competitions Control Committee following the violent incidents which marred last Sunday’s county football final between Dromore and Clonoe.
Dromore manager Noel McGinn, who was captured by the TG4 cameras head-butting a Clonoe player, has been hit with a 72-week ban. Both clubs have had €500 fines imposed on them in the wake of the disturbance at the end of normal time. The clubs and individuals can appeal the penalties within three days.
Two Clonoe players, defender Emmet Teague, who seconds later head-butted McGinn, was suspended for 32 weeks, while Colm Doris received an eight-week ban. Both will miss the newly-crowned champions’ Ulster Club Championship quarter-final tie against St Eunan’s at Coalisland on Sunday - and this constitutes a major headache for manager Cassidy.
Selector Harry McClure, a former Tyrone midfielder, had a 12-week suspension imposed.
Dromore goalkeeper Peter Ward received an eight-week suspension for his part in the disturbance which marred an otherwise sporting decider.
Emmet O’Neill of Dromore, who was sent off following an unrelated incident, was also suspended for eight weeks.