Geraghty in training bust-up

Graham Geraghty may have played his last game for Meath after the Seneschalstown forward became embroiled in a serious training ground bust-up in Navan on Saturday.

Graham Geraghty may have played his last game for Meath after the Seneschalstown forward became embroiled in a serious training ground bust-up in Navan on Saturday.

The incident happened towards the end of an internal practice match between the Meath squad.

Geraghty is understood to have reacted angrily to a tackle from a 19-year-old member of the panel, alleged to be Stephen Sheppard of Wolfe Tones, and the Royals' 1999 All-Ireland-winning captain lashed out repeatedly at the young player.

An angry Geraghty had to be restrained by a team-mate and while Meath manager Colm Coyle called an immediate halt to the training session and brought his players together to cool things down, Geraghty stormed off the pitch with his inter-county future up in the air.

It is understood that the 34-year-old, who won two All-Stars in 1994 and 1999, has been axed from the Meath panel and will only be allowed to return if he apologises to the player concerned, to Coyle and to the rest of the Meath panel.

Geraghty also ran into problems with Coyle's predecessor - he had a stand-off with Eamonn Barry last year after remarks he made to a referee during a challenge match against Antrim.

Last year's International Rules series also saw him targeted by the Australian players and he received a serious head injury during a stormy second Test at Croke Park.

The departure of Geraghty, who was one of Meath's best players in last month's two-match Leinster duel with Dublin, leaves the Royals' forward ranks looking bare as his axeing comes hot on the heels of Joe Sheridan's withdrawal from the panel last week.

Meath play Down in Newry in the first round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers next Saturday.

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