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Tyrone's Gormley must play waiting game

By Declan Bogue

Tyrone county board will be waiting nervously this week for correspondence involving their key defender, Conor Gormley.

It's understood that the Central Competitions Control Committee met on Monday and that incidents arising out of the Tyrone v Monaghan All-Ireland quarter-final game came under scrutiny.

Following the meeting, deliberations began on what possible action may be taken against Gormley.

He had been involved in some confrontation with Monaghan defender Dessie Mone at the half-time interval as the teams were making their way off the pitch, and appeared to make contact around the face area.

The scenario continued when Martin Penrose then confronted Mone and also made contact high up after striking him with the fist, although the television pictures were unclear as to where exactly the blows landed.

When the two sides lined out for the second half, referee Cormac Reilly made his way to Penrose and issued him with a red card. It was the second time such an occurrence has happened over the last few weeks, following Fermanagh attacker Sean Quigley's red card before the second half in the qualifier game against Cavan in Breffni Park before the resumption of the second half.

Quigley had been a central figure in a half-time flare-up and was issued his marching orders by referee Michael Duffy.

The game between the Ulster neighbours Tyrone and Monaghan has already caused considerable controversy after television pundit Joe Brolly heavily criticised the role of Sean Cavanagh in pulling down Monaghan attacker Conor McManus as he went through on goal.

In other news, the Central Hearing's Committee upheld their original decision to fine Longford €5,000 for their part in the fracas against Wexford on July 13th. David Murphy, centre-back on the Wexford team had been given a one-match ban for his contribution to the melee.

He requested a hearing but the charge was upheld.

Wexford county board were fined €3,000 for their part, while in hurling, Henry Shefflin's red card against Cork was rescinded.

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