Longford and Wexford hit with €5,000 fines after brawl

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GAA officials have come down hard on the footballers of Wexford and Longford following the mass brawl that marred their second round qualifier.

The CCCC slapped both counties with €5,000 fines for the ugly scenes at the end of normal time in Pearse Park.

The row, stemming from referee Padraig O’Sullivan’s decision not to award Paul Barden a late free, involved players from both sides, before substitutes and management officials also became embroiled. It became an online video sensation when Longford’s strength and conditioning coach David Hare was shown hurling his glasses towards a team doctor and turning to enter a brawl.

Wexford centre-back David Murphy and Longford’s Michael Quinn have both been cited for their involvement and handed one-match suspensions. Quinn, who did not feature on the day, was one of the substitutes to encroach on the field.

Longford secretary Peter O’Reilly said his county would be appealing the €5,000 fine, but not the suspension dished out to Quinn.

“We won’t be appealing the suspension,” he said. “We’re out of the championship. We don’t see the point in appealing the suspension. The video is the video.

“A fine of €5,000 would be tough. I appreciate that they think that things happened that shouldn’t have happened and they are entitled to do what they have done.”

Wexford secretary Margaret Doyle informed to the Irish Examiner that they are contesting on both fronts.

“We’re looking for a hearing over the suspension handed to David Murphy because we believe David doesn’t deserve the suspension.

“We’re asking for a hearing for the fine also. We don’t agree with the fine of €5,000. In the current economic situation a €5,000 fine certainly wouldn’t be helping the situation. We won’t preempt the outcome. We’ll just wait and see.”

Meanwhile Cavan and Fermanagh are also being punished for their part in a row at Breffni Park, also with €5,000 fines.

Cavan have seen an appeal turned down, although selector Anthony Forde has had his eight-week ban overturned.

Fermanagh are appealling a ban for player Sean Quigley.

via Irish Examiner

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