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Tough sanctions for Tyrone brawl clubs

The county board has proposed bans which total 452 weeks after the trouble between Carrickmore and Dromore players and supporters.

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TYRONE GAA CHIEFS have come down heavily on the clubs involved in the brawl at the end of the recent Division One League final.

The county board has proposed bans which total 452 weeks after the trouble between Carrickmore and Dromore players and supporters at Dunmoyle earlier this month.

Four people from each club involved in fighting in the stands have been banned for a year. Lengthy suspensions were also handed down to three Carrickmore players.

The respective clubs have also been fined £300 each and will not be allowed to take part in the league play-offs next season.

The decision comes after a probe was launched following a mass brawl in the closing minutes of the game, which then sparked fighting in the stands.

A statement from the Red Hand board reads: “After a very thorough investigation involving the full co-operation of both the Carrickmore and Dromore clubs, the Tyrone CCC have issued proposed sanctions to both of the clubs arising out of the incident in this year’s O’Neill’s Division 1 ACL Final. The proposed bans total some 452 weeks. The individuals concerned from both clubs will be informed by their club secretary.

“In addition both clubs received the maximum fine under the Tyrone Bye Law and other playing sanctions have been proposed. The sanctions proposed by the Tyrone CCC are amongst the most severe ever issued by Tyrone GAA. We thank both clubs for their support in the investigation and are confident that lessons have and will be learnt from the unacceptable scenes in Dunmoyle.”

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