Hurling boss involved in mass brawl

Dublin hurling boss Anthony Daly could face disciplinary action following ugly scenes at a minor match on Saturday afternoon.

Daly, who captained Clare to All-Ireland success in 1995 and 1997, was among those involved in a mass brawl during Clarecastle’s minor hurling champion-ship final against Kilmaley in Sixmilebridge.

Daly was a selector with Clarecastle, his home club.

The Banner legend was photographed in the midst of the row, which erupted in the 39th minute of the tie and involved players and mentors from both sides.

A lengthy ban would affect Daly’s ability to take charge of the Dublin hurlers on match days, with the Allianz League season scheduled to begin in February.

The controversy is a huge embarrassment to the GAA following two high-profile incidents in Limerick and Cavan last Sunday.

A spectator struck a player in the Limerick SFC final at the Gaelic Grounds, while a supporter was arrested by gardaí following an incident in the Ulster SFC tie between Errigal Ciaran and Mullahoran at Kingspan Breffni Park.

Clare public relations officer Syl O’Connor last night said the board could not comment on the scenes, as “due process has to be adhered to and that’s always the case”.

“First and foremost we await the referee’s report, then it will be dealt with by Bord na nÓg Iomaint. We’ll wait and see how they handle the situation and what transpires from that but in the meantime we have no other comment to make.

“There are many versions going around of what happened but we can act only on the referee’s report. I know of no independent reports of what happened.

“It will be dealt with in due course.”

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