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Owen Mulligan hits back over alleged spitting on Paul Galvin in club clash

The alleged incident took place in last month’s All-Ireland club IFC final between Kerry star Paul Galvin’s club Finuge and Tyrone player Owen Mulligan’s club Cookstown.

Updated: 12pm

THE CONTROVERSY SURROUNDING Kerry star Paul Galvin being allegedly spat on during last month’s All-Ireland club IFC final in Croke Park has escalated with Tyrone’s Owen Mulligan claiming his club were exposed to sectarian abuse during the game.

The match in question saw Mulligan’s club Cookstown Fr Rocks defeat Galvin’s club Finuge by 1-9 to 0-6 in the All-Ireland club IFC final.

But YouTube footage that came to light last week showed a member of the Tyrone outfit appearing to spit at Galvin while running past him during the game.

The footage of the incident had shown Galvin wiping his face after the player has ran past and he remonstrates with Mulligan in the aftermath of it.

YouTube: James McCarthy

Mulligan yesterday on Twitter stated his belief that the incident is ‘getting out of control’.

And in an extended statement on Facebook, Mulligan alleged that sectarian abuse took place during game.

Galvin this morning expressed his disappointment and sadness at Mulligan’s comments.

The incident is the second spitting controversy that has hit the headlines in the GAA recently after Leitrim player Emlyn Mulligan alleged that he was spat on in last Sunday’s Division 4 Allianz Football League clash against Offaly.

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