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No disciplinary action as Tyrone GAA rule Cavanagh injuries were accidental

The Competitions Control Committee were satisfied the referee dealt with the matter ‘appropriately.’

Sean Cavanagh (file pic).
Sean Cavanagh (file pic).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Updated at 7.45pm

TYRONE GAA HAS this evening said it will be taking no disciplinary action against any Edendork player after Sean Cavanagh sustained horrific injuries during a club match last weekend. 

The former Tyrone senior football captain suffered a broken nose and concussion after an incident during the championship clash between Edendork and Moy at O’Neill Park in Dungannon.

In the aftermath of the game which produced a staggering 27 cards — 20 yellow, one black and six red — the Tyrone Competitions Control Committee requested the referee’s report and video footage of the incident in which Cavanagh was injured.

After completing its investigation, Tyrone GAA released a statement on Saturday evening saying the referee, Kieran Eanetta, was ‘well-positioned’ and adjudicated on the matter ‘appropriately.’

“Tyrone GAA has now completed its investigation into the incident during the course of the senior football championship fixture — Edendork vs Moy — in which Sean Cavanagh incurred a serious head injury,” the statement read. 

“The Tyrone Competitions Control Committee (CCC), on request, considered the referee’s report of the game and viewed a video-recording of the incident in which Sean was injured.

“The CCC was satisfied that the referee was well-positioned, in clear view of the incident, and adjudicated on the matter, appropriately.

“Tyrone GAA takes the opportunity, again, to wish its former senior football team captain, Sean Cavanagh, captain a speedy recovery from the injury that he sustained.”

On Friday evening Edendork released a statement stating their disappointment at the coverage of the incident. It said: 

Edendork St Malachy’s GAC would firstly like to take this opportunity to wish Sean Cavanagh a speedy recovery following a very unfortunate incident that occurred during Saturday’s Championship Match.

“We as a club would like to advise that we have been deeply disappointed by the aspersions cast upon our players and club in respect of this incident. It is quite clear that a blind trial by media has occurred in relation to this matter, causing the individual player and the Club a great deal of vexation. It should be noted that this was a collision that occurred during the course of play and in plain view of the referee and match officials whilst the ball was in play. No sanction or disciplinary action ensued at that time.

“Edendork GAC would like to state firmly that it is the opinion of the Club and individual player that this was an accidental and unfortunate collision and we hold any suggestion to the contrary as being defamatory.”

The statement added: “The Club wishes to add that they are gravely disappointed by any media publication linking this incident to an overarching suggestion of an endemic problem of violence in Tyrone football.

The Club warns that the individual player and club are taking legal advice in respect of comments published on social media inferring and expressly stating that this was a deliberate act. The Club and individual player will meet any inferred or express statement with the robustness required to ensure that the Club and player’s reputations are protected.

“The player involved states resolutely that this was not an intentional or malicious act but an accident. We as a Club support this position and ask that people take a few moments to think before casting any insult or contempt towards the individual player or the Club.

“We hope this draws a line under what was a competitive encounter on Saturday against Moy GFC and emphasise that we hope to see Sean back playing for his club as soon as possible.”

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