GAA club man banned for 96 weeks after U16 game brawl

An adult member of a GAA club has received a near two-year touchline ban following a massive brawl at an underage match in Co Cork.

A second man, from another club, received a 12-week ban arising out of a brawl in July. The two men were dealt with by a GAA disciplinary committee.

However, are also pursuing a separate investigation into what occurred at the U16 hurling championship game between Valley Rovers from Innishannon in West Cork and Cork City team St Vincent’s.

Three teenagers had required hospital treatment after a disturbance involving players and supporters at the match, which was held in Ballinora, on the outskirts of the city, on July 20.

With the scores level, trouble flared 18 minutes into the second half.

One of the teenagers had been kept in hospital overnight for observation after suffering a blow to his head.

The referee, who was forced to abandon the match, sent a report to the east region of Rebel Óg, which decided that one member of the Valley Rovers GAA Club would receive a 96-week touchline ban.

A member of the St Vincent’s GAA Club was given a 12-week touchline ban.

In addition, both clubs were fined €3,000 and thrown out of the competition.

A St Vincent’s GAA Club spokesman confirmed the club will be appealing the decision.

Meanwhile, Valley Rovers GAA Club said it was considering the ruling and would not be commenting until a later date.

The separate garda investigation had been initiated after three juvenile players, accompanied by their parents, made an official complaint at Ballincollig Garda Station the day after the match.

Gardaí are close to concluding the investigation and, to date, have interviewed more than 20 people.

A number of the people interviewed were teenagers and had to be accompanied by their parents when statements were taken.

Superintendent Con Cadogan, leading the investigation, confirmed that when the investigation is finalised gardaí will be sending a file to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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