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Armagh hit with fine over Dublin incident

By Declan Bogue

Armagh County Board has until Monday to decide whether it will appeal a fine handed down for their part in a pre-match incident against Dublin.

The Orchard county were about to play a challenge match against Jim Gavin's Dublin side when, prior to throw-in, an incident developed between two players.

Dublin's Davey Byrne was left with serious facial injuries, and the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee has decided to hit both counties with a financial penalty.

Because every punishment in the GAA is merely set as a proposal for a county board to either accept or appeal, both county boards in this case have until Monday to decide their next step.

The GAA were known to have been unhappy that this incident received so much coverage, and were frustrated by the lack of information that either side were willing to divulge. Speaking in a radio interview, Dublin manager Jim Gavin revealed that the two players in question had a "full and frank" discussion, and that both teams were happy to leave the matter.

Later on, a DVD of the match was produced, but it showed no evidence of the act before the game. The GAA are not willing to disclose the figure of the fine, and the Armagh county board were unavailable from comment, despite attempts to contact them.

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