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Kildare and Monaghan fined

By Colm Keys

The Central Competitions Control Committee have decided not to take further action against any individual Kildare or Monaghan players as a result of the altercations that broke out as the teams made their way off the pitch at half-time of the Allianz football league Division 2 match in Clones.

Instead, both county boards have been hit with heavy fines as a consequence of their players' actions. The CCCC clearly felt this was sufficient

The proposed fines have not been made public, but are understood to be €5,000 for each. The counties can contest the proposed sanction.

Referee Joe McQuillan red-carded Brian Flanagan and showed yellow cards to three other players -- Monaghan's Dick Clerkin and Dessie Mone and Kildare's Padraig O'Neill -- when the teams resumed for the second half.

Meanwhile, the death has taken place of Kieran Finlay, father of Monaghan footballer Paul.

Kieran Finlay was a Monaghan footballer in the 1970s and '80s himself and won an Ulster medal in 1979 when he scored 1-9 against Donegal in the final, which was as a record he held for over 20 years until it was broken by Armagh's Oisin McConville.

As well as his Ulster championship successes, he won a National Football League medal with Monaghan in 1985 and four Dr McKenna Cup medals.

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