Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Tyrone chiefs ready to lay down the law

The Tyrone county board is anxious that a line can be drawn under the furore that has been caused by the violence which marred the recent All County League final between Dromore and Carrickmore.

But officials have made it quite clear that they want justice to be seen to be done and in this context the outcome of tonight’s second meeting of the Competitions Control Committee will be awaited with considerable interest.

Speculation has been rife that the Tyrone authorities may take a leaf out of their Antrim counterparts’ book following the swingeing penalties imposed on St Mary’s Rasharkin but officials are anxious to stress that this is not seen as a precedent in terms of administering justice.

It is expected that both Dromore and Carrickmore will have representatives at the meeting at which punishments may be meted out to individuals and perhaps either or both clubs.

The county board will then endorse any disciplinary measures imposed tonight and PRO Damian Harvey has already expressed the hope that the entire matter can be resolved quickly.

“Obviously this is something we would have preferred not to have happened but we must now deal with what is in front of us,” said Harvey last night.

While he does not believe that the violence at the Dunmoyle venue which blighted the contest will impact hugely on the image of the GAA in the county, nevertheless he acknowledges that people might now consider more carefully before going to matches.

“People have every right to want to feel safe at matches. Those others who go to games and become immersed in violence must expect to be dealt with strongly. We cannot have incidents such as this detracting from the appeal of games,” added Harvey.

The Competitions Control Committee has already studied the report of match referee Cathal O’Hagan and has digested the official video of the game. It hopes to hear further evidence tonight before arriving at decisions.

“This is a very thorough investigation. It is important that all proper procedures are followed. Assuming things can be brought to a conclusion we want to be in a position then to move on,” said Harvey.

Meanwhile, Burren are understood to be still considering the launch of an appeal against the red card which Eoin McCartan incurred against Latton on Sunday.

McCartan was sent off in the dying moments by referee Barry Cassidy having earlier been introduced as a substitute.

Burren manager Frank Dawson is hoping to have McCartan cleared to play against Crossmaglen Rangers in Sunday’s decider at the Morgan Athletic Grounds, Armagh.

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