Swift sanctions expected after Cork U-21 hurling match abandoned due to brawl; player hospitalised

Swift sanctions expected after Cork U-21 hurling match abandoned due to brawl; player hospitalised

By Colm O’Connor

An early decision is expected by Cork GAA chiefs on the appropriate sanctions for the Charleville and Douglas GAA clubs after an U21 championship hurling game in Fermoy on Saturday was abandoned after 42 minutes after a mass brawl involving players and mentors from both sides.

Douglas player, Cathal Sheehan in action againstCharlevilles, Jack Doyle in the U21 Premier Hurling Championship at Fermoy GAA grounds prior to thematch being abandoned after a brawl.Pic: Gavin Browne
Douglas player, Cathal Sheehan in action against Charlevilles, Jack Doyle in the U21 Premier Hurling Championship at Fermoy GAA grounds prior to the match being abandoned after a brawl. Pic: Gavin Browne

At least one player was hospitalised as a result of the melee.

The initial surge of violence occurred when Cork player Darragh Fitzgibbon of Charleville was shown a straight red card by referee Patrick O’Driscoll.

Things calmed down briefly before a second outbreak, forcing the Bride Rovers official to abandon the match.

His report to the CCCC of Cork GAA will be dealt with as a matter of urgency, with both clubs likely to face punitive fines and possible expulsion from the Under 21 championship.

Charleville were leading a scrappy encounter 0-10 to 0-6 when the violence started. Valley Rovers await the winners in the quarter-final, but may now proceed straight to the semis.

Douglas were reduced to 14 players in the first half when forward Diarmuid O’Mahony was red-carded.

Reporter John Horgan of the Evening Echo was present and described the incidents in the second half as "very nasty".

More on this topic

Bishopstown selector Kevin Driscoll on living with cystic fibrosis: ‘There was a period where I didn’t really like going to matches’Bishopstown selector Kevin Driscoll on living with cystic fibrosis: ‘There was a period where I didn’t really like going to matches’

GAA will open walking tracks but pitches to stay shutGAA will open walking tracks but pitches to stay shut

Ian Maguire: Cork's league campaign not for nothing, even if declared null and voidIan Maguire: Cork's league campaign not for nothing, even if declared null and void

Seamus Darby: ‘Tommy and I would talk about everything except the goal’Seamus Darby: ‘Tommy and I would talk about everything except the goal’


More in this Section

Gregor Townsend welcomes World Rugby idea to combine international windowsGregor Townsend welcomes World Rugby idea to combine international windows

GAA quiz: Can you name last player to touch the ball in these All-Ireland senior hurling finals?GAA quiz: Can you name last player to touch the ball in these All-Ireland senior hurling finals?

British government guidelines pave way for a behind closed doors return for elite sportBritish government guidelines pave way for a behind closed doors return for elite sport

Andros Townsend praises 'incredible' Palace and says the hard work starts nowAndros Townsend praises 'incredible' Palace and says the hard work starts now


Lifestyle

A Spectacular 28.86-carat ring, the largest D-colour diamond ever offered online, will come up at Christie's Jewels in New York from June 16-30.High value diamond adds serious sparkle to online sale

A whiff of new normality is in the air, writes Des O'SullivanAntiques: How to put a post-lockdown world in the frame

Buy everything on Michelle Darmody’s list and create five meals.One List, Five Meals: Irish stew with a twist; Yellow Pepper Omelette

‘There are two of us, in it together’From Chestnut to Sage - how family food businesses, real labours of love, are coping with Covid

More From The Irish Examiner