Probe continues into biting claim at Coventry clash

GAA chiefs cross-channel have yet to conclude their inquiries into allegations a player had his ear bitten in a Warwickshire senior football league game last week.

John Dowling, 22, who plays football for county champions Sean McDermotts, required two hospital visits after he was allegedly bitten in the incident, during a clash with Roger Casements in Coventry on Sunday, April 3.

The match was abandoned after a mass brawl broke out midway through the second half. This week, the Warwickshire County Board met to discuss the referee’s report from the abandoned tie but has not revealed its findings.

The incident is one of many high-profile cases of ill-discipline which has blighted Gaelic games in England this season.

On Sunday at Greenford in London, four players were sent off in two different games involving teams from Tir Chonaill Gaels, St Josephs and Moindearg. The offences ranged from striking to dissent.

The GAA Council of Britain has warned that the on-pitch violence which has been a feature of the opening of the club season in Warwickshire and London will not be tolerated.

“We are taking discipline seriously, as we always do,” said Bernie Kane, the president of the GAA Council of Britain. “Every sport is governed by its rules and we will be applying ours, if and when they are broken.”

With the start of the club championships only months away, the council said it is keen to send out a strong message to boards that breaches, similar to ones which have marred the opening of the season, will be dealt with seriously.

The call follows the suspension of Fulham Irish goalkeeper Declan Traynor for 48 weeks after it was discovered his transfer from home club of Moylagh in Co. Meath, was not processed correctly.

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