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Chiefs may investigate melee after U21 game

By Declan Bogue

The Ulster Council could be poised to launch an investigation into the scenes at the end of Wednesday night's Ulster Under-21 EirGrid semi-final between Tyrone and Donegal.

At the end of the match, Donegal manager Declan Bonner approached referee Barry Cassidy and after a conversation appeared to get involved with a Tyrone player. An Ulster Council official confirmed that they will await the contents of Cassidy's report before deciding upon an appropriate course of action.

The confrontation sparked a short melee before the situation was calmed and the referee's report will be eagerly scrutinised after last year's allegations of 'sledging' by a Tyrone player in their minor clash against Donegal.

Tyrone manager Feargal Logan said afterwards: "It was a pity about the messing at the end. It was probably more than a game of football to me, that match for a very significant reason dating back to the way some Donegal officials dealt with some stuff last year, so it was more than just a game of football to me and I am just delighted to win it.

"We work hard at discipline. We coach it, we don't talk and I think we held it. I don't know if excuses will come forth now, but we weren't planning on making any excuses."

Meanwhile, Donegal and Kerry have had their fines reduced for scenes arising out of their recent league meeting in Tralee. Both counties were handed proposed fines of €7,500.

Crossmaglen Rangers had a proposed fine of €1,000 for what happened during their All-Ireland club semi-final loss to Castlebar Mitchells in February. After a hearing, their punishment was cleared and they will not have to pay anything.

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