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St Gall’s demanding probe into assault

By John Campbell

Ousted All-Ireland club football champions St Gall's are to submit an official complaint to the Ulster Council after alleging that one of their back-room team was struck during last Sunday's 1-12 to 0-9 defeat to Crossmaglen.

The Belfast club confirmed yesterday that they will be formally asking the provincial council to investigate the incident in which kitman Harry Bradley was hit during the game.

St Gall's secretary Brendan Gallagher said the alleged assault had occurred 28 minutes into the match after an early flashpoint when Crossmaglen were awarded a penalty.

He said it had occurred along the sideline and that it involved someone who was also inside the perimeter fence of Crossmaglen's Oliver Plunkett Park at the time.

“Harry was badly shaken up and possibly knocked out for a few moments. There were medical people there with the teams and they attended him,” Gallagher said. “I am waiting for him to give me a full report of what happened and then we will be sending it to Ulster Council and expect them to take this matter very seriously.”

Gall's lost their Ulster and All-Ireland club crowns after being ousted by four-time All-Ireland champions Crossmaglen in a game widely reported as fractious, but which settled down after a particularly hard-hitting first half.

Referee Joe McQuillan dished out 11 cards before the interval, by which time St Gall's forward Karl Stewart and Crossmaglen corner-back James Morgan had both been sent off, having been shown the yellow card twice, while Crossmaglen’s John Hanratty saw red for a high tackle.

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