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Moy set to appeal against Sean Cavanagh findings


Sean Cavanagh’s injuries
Sean Cavanagh’s injuries
John Campbell

By John Campbell

The decision by Moy Tir na nOg to appeal against the outcome of the Tyrone competitions control committee not to take any action in the wake of the incident in the club's recent championship match against Edendork which saw Sean Cavanagh incur serious facial injuries has lent a new dimension to the controversy.

The Moy club has expressed "disappointment and dismay" with the committee's findings and with its verdict that the referee had "acted appropriately".

After viewing the incident, Moy officials felt they were left with no choice but to launch an appeal.

The club issued a statement outlining its position which reads as follows: "On 24th September 2018, members of the Committee of Moy Tír na nÓg had a first opportunity to view the video footage of the match between Moy and Edendork St Malachy's played on 15th September 2018, during which Seán Cavanagh sustained a broken nose and concussion.

"Having considered this video, Moy Tír na nÓg GAC expresses its disappointment and dismay with the outcome of the investigation by the Competitions Control Committee of the Tyrone County Board, issued on Saturday 22nd September 2018, that the referee "adjudicated on the matter appropriately".

"The cause of the clash that led to the injuries could and should have been avoided.

"The mark had been taken by Seán Cavanagh and signalled by the referee directly before the incident.

"Rule 7.2 Category 3 (iv) 'Behaving in a way that is dangerous to an opponent' is a red card offence.

"As a first stage in the appeal process, Moy Tír na nÓg GAC has requested to Tyrone County Board that the referee and the linesmen who officiated on 15th September 2018 review the footage again to reconsider their opinion.

"Moy Tír na nÓg GAC expresses its disapproval of the derogatory online comments made against both clubs and the players involved, and appeals for restraint and moderation in the expression of legitimate views and opinions.

"The health, safety and well-being of all our playing members are of the utmost importance to our club.

"We wish Edendork St Malachy's GAC well in their Championship match this Friday, 28th September 2018."

Referee Kieran Eanetta flashed 27 cards in total - six red, one black and 20 yellow.

However Moy club officials have been at pains since the game to stress that it was not marred by violence.

Sean Cavanagh's injuries comprised of a concussion, a broken nose and facial cuts which necessitated his removal to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, Lavey and Loup will meet in the replay of their Derry Championship quarter-final tonight at Owenbeg (8pm).

The teams finished all square in their first meeting and tonight's winners will take on Glen in the semi-finals on October 7.

Reigning champions Slaughtneil, meanwhile, will face up to Eoghan Rua Coleraine again next Wednesday night, also at Owenbeg (8pm), in their quarter-final replay with the winners due to face Ballinascreen.

The timing of this fixture means that a number of the Slaughtneil players could be doubly engaged within a four-day period as their club is due to meet Banagher in the hurling championship final this Sunday.

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