Cavan count cost of 'excessive' fine for mass brawl

The Cavan County Board have expressed their disappointment over the fine handed down to them for the mass brawl just after half-time in their All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Fermanagh earlier this month.

Cavan count cost of 'excessive' fine for mass brawl

The Cavan County Board have expressed their disappointment over the fine handed down to them for the mass brawl just after half-time in their All-Ireland SFC qualifier win over Fermanagh earlier this month.

Cavan, Fermanagh, Longford and Wexford were all hit with €5,000 fines following the off-the-ball scuffles which marred their respective second round qualifiers.

Cavan officials managed to successfully appeal the proposed eight-week suspension of selector Anthony Forde at a hearing last Thursday, but their appeal of the fine failed.

Dealing with such a sanction is ill-timed as Cavan are preparing to face Kerry on Sunday in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. Cavan PRO Declan Woods says the four-figure sum adds to the already 'huge cost' of a team competing at the business end of the Championship.

"We recognise the authority which the Central Competitions Control Committee has to impose fines on County boards, but penalties of €5,000 are excessive in the present economic climate," Woods was quoted as saying by the Belfast Telegraph.

"Any side such as ourselves which is making headway in the Championship does so at a huge cost in terms of training, travel, accommodation, medical bills and a hundred and one other things and to be then landed with huge fines makes the burden all the heavier.

"However, we have to accept that our appeal against the imposition of the fine failed."

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Woods also admitted that fines like this can lead to a general tightening of the purse strings, particularly at grassroots level where it could mean there are 'less resources available to be put into coaching and preparing underage sides and for producing essential facilities'.

"It is well known that over the course of the Championship season counties are regularly fined sums like €100 or €200 for offences such as water carriers encroaching onto the field of play or players not having their socks up in a pre-match parade, but all boards have learned to live with this.

"It's the really punitive penalties for offences which are more of an individual nature than anything else which are a lot harder to stomach," he added.

But the Breffni men did receive some welcome news with an X-ray clearing leading marksman Martin Dunne to play in Sunday's quarter-final against Kerry at Croke Park.

Dunne damaged his ankle during a six-point showing against London last weekend, but the Cavan Gaels forward, a senior Championship debutant earlier in the summer, will be available to face the Kingdom.

He is the top scorer in the competition to date with 1-32, nine points ahead of Cork's Daniel Goulding. Dunne actually lined out against Kerry in the All-Ireland Junior Championship last August, scoring 2-5 - including a penalty - in a 1-16 to 2-6 semi-final defeat in Nenagh.

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