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Cavan board to probe allegation racist remark sparked melee

By Colm Keys

Cavan GAA is facing the prospect of an investigation into how a minor league match between Cavan Gaels and Crosserlough, played on the 3G pitch in Breffni Park last Saturday, came to a premature end because of a melee that developed.

Central to any probe will be an allegation that the melee was triggered by a racist remark.

The county board acknowledged that an incident "may" have taken place and the local Competitions Controls Committee is awaiting the referee's report before they proceed.

A previous Cavan CCC investigation into allegations that comments of a racist nature had been made to a Cootehill Celtic player could not find sufficient evidence to support a charge after the club had complained following their 2012 intermediate final replay with Lacken.

Meanwhile, the Sigerson Cup has been rocked by an eligibility row on the eve of finals weekend - with Garda College appealing against their defeat to Ulster University in Round 2.

It has emerged that while Down's Niall Madine was given the green light at the eleventh hour to line out against Garda, he was later deemed ineligible, and shouldn't have played.

To rub salt into Garda wounds, Madine was one of the leading players for the Jordanstown-based outfit on the day, kicking four points as they went through in extra-time.

The presence of Madine in the UU line-up has led to Garda seeking reinstatement.

UU were beaten last weekend in the quarter-finals at the hands of UCD.

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