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Verdict expected on Tyrone day of shame

By John Campbell

The Tyrone County Board is hopeful that later today a line can be drawn under the fall-out occasioned by the violent scenes which marred the conclusion of the recent All County League final between Carrickmore and Dromore.

That’s when disciplinary recommendations from last night’s Competitions Control Committee meeting are expected to be put into the public domain.

Even though representatives from both clubs were in attendance at the meeting, it is believed that the committee’s proposed sanctions will be communicated to county secretary Dominic McCaughey who will in turn inform the clubs of the decisions.

Carrickmore and Dromore had been requested to identify some of their supporters who had been involved in the fracas and the CCC expected to hear information along these lines last night.

The committee had of course met last week to discuss the report of referee Cathal O’Hagan and to study the official video of the match.

Several supporters sustained injuries during the violence, with one Carrickmore man having been treated in hospital because he had part of his ear bitten off.

Both clubs and individuals will have the right of appeal against any disciplinary action taken

against them. Prior to the meeting, county secretary McCaughey stressed that while the board is anxious to bring closure to the matter, this would not be done as a matter of expediency.

“It is important that we don't rush this and do it as comprehensively as possible,” stated the long-serving McCaughey.

“Obviously it depends on the level of assistance and co-operation we get from the clubs.

“I'd like to think that this can be brought to a swift conclusion but we will not be rushed.”

But there is a palpable feeling that the county board is keen to ensure that justice is seen to be done and as quickly as possible.

Tyrone officials are conscious the Antrim Board moved quickly to deal with those responsible for the mayhem that marred the recent U21 football championship semi-final between Lamh Dhearg and St Mary’s Rasharkin.

Meanwhile, Peter Canavan’s first competitive match as Fermanagh manager will be on January 8 when his side host Antrim in the Dr McKenna Cup. The group draw is: Queen’s, Tyrone, Fermanagh, Antrim; St Mary’s, Monaghan, Down, Armagh; Derry, Cavan, Donegal, UUJ.

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