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Biting allegations overshadow Dublin's Leinster final win

Meath manager Mick O’Dowd has alleged that defender Mickey Burke was bitten in the second half.

Mickey Burke brandishes a finger on his left hand to the match officials.
Mickey Burke brandishes a finger on his left hand to the match officials.

LEINSTER CHAMPIONS DUBLIN are facing another biting controversy.

Jim Gavin’s side romped to a 16-point win over old rivals Meath in the Leinster senior football final this afternoon.

But the Dubs’ win was overshadowed by a biting allegation made by Royals boss Mick O’Dowd.

Moments after finishing his post-match press conference, O’Dowd returned to the media room and reported that defender Mickey Burke was the subject of an alleged bite in the second half.

A furious O’Dowd said: “I just went back to the dressing room after speaking to you and saw the doctor dealing with his finger.

“He’s gone to the Dublin dressing room to speak to the Dublin doctor because there’s a protocol to deal with.

“[I'm] extremely disappointed, ” he added.

Asked about O’Dowd’s allegations in his own press conference a few minutes later, Gavin said he knew nothing about the incident.

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“It’s the first I’m hearing of it.”

Dublin are expected to make a statement on the matter later this evening.

Earlier this year, defender Jason Whelan was given an eight-week ban following a CCCC investigation into biting allegations in Dublin’s O’Byrne Cup defeat to DCU.

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