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GAA President reveals disappointment at the manner in which biting case concludes

Liam O’Neill believes there is a level of dissatisfaction at how the case concluded after Patrick McBrearty was absent from last week’s CHC meeting.

O'Brien and McBrearty during the game in question.
O'Brien and McBrearty during the game in question.
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GAA PRESIDENT LIAM O’Neill admitted yesterday there is disappointment that the disciplinary case against Dublin footballer Kevin O’Brien collapsed because of the absence of Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty at last Thursday night’s CHC meeting.

O’Brien was accused of biting McBrearty in a recent Division 1 league tie between the counties in Ballybofey and after investigating the case, the CCCC proposed a three-game ban for the defender.

However O’Brien appealed the decision and though Donegal GAA officials and medical representatives were present at last Thursday night’s meeting, the absence of McBrearty lead to the case subsequently collapsing.

O’Neill believes there is a level of dissatisfaction at the manner in which the case concluded after it had been originally pursued.

“The ideal thing would have been having set the wheels in motion that the process would have been seen through.

“I think there’s a certain level of disappointment with this case. It would have been better if they knew they weren’t going to see it out to the end. It left people who acted in good faith with an outcome that wasn’t satisfactory.

“In fairness to the CCCC, they’re volunteers, they come in here and they do their business.

“We put people who then come in (CHC) and give their time, some very qualified people, to make sure that due process is observed and that the players get the benefit of having their cases dealt with in the most professional manner possible. Yes there is disappointment, yeah.”

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