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Watch: Referee grounded in melee after Derry GAA club match

Warning: this video includes strong language

A referee ended up on the ground following a Derry GAA senior club football championship match on Saturday.

Ballinascreen had just beaten Greenlough by a single point, 0-13 to 1-09, to advance to the semi-final when a melee erupted.

The unsavoury events have created unwelcome publicity for the sport after the spotlight focused in on Tyrone last weekend. First of all, an intermediate match between Stewartstown and Strabane flared up when several players, substitutes and even some of the crowd spilled in over the sideline in Omagh as a fracas erupted.

Then county star Sean Cavanagh was left concussed and with a broken nose and facial bruising after a collision during Moy's match with Edendork. Some 27 cards were issued, 20 yellow, six red and one black, in a fractious affair but the incident that left Cavanagh hospitalised warranted no penalty.

Tyrone GAA condemned the violent scenes and promised to deal with the incidents in an "urgent manner".

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