Ban wouldn’t change Derry's Damian Barton

Derry boss Damian Barton says he doesn’t want to quell his passion on the sideline despite picking up an eight-week touchline ban.

Speaking for the first time since being punished by the Ulster Council for his part in a brawl during the Derry v Tyrone McKenna Cup final in January, Barton described his suspension as “unreasonable” and claimed an unwieldy disciplinary system deterred him from challenging his ban. 

Barton was back on the line for Sunday’s final Division Two game against Armagh and said: “Football is such a dynamic thing, you have to be part of it and my personality will never change in that respect.

“I appealed it to the Ulster Council and it was rejected. There is an appeals process in Croke Park which is another buffer. It puts people off. There should be one appeal process in headquarters and that’s it.”

He also questioned whether managers are given the same protection as players, claiming he was manhandled in the row in the Athletic Grounds, which left him watching most of his new team’s Division Two league campaign from the stand.

“(Suspended for) putting a hand on an opposing player. But I ended up on my mouth and nose. Somebody had me by the throat, but sure who cares about managers?”

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