Monday, February 06, 2006

In the Spirit of the Game

From today's Irish Independent:

Red card mayhem sparks GAA probe

Martin Breheny

GAA chiefs woke up with another violent headache today.

Dublin and All-Ireland champs Tyrone are likely to face a major disciplinary probe after the serious outbreaks of violence that marred yesterday's National Football League tie in Omagh.

Four players - two from each side - were sent off while nine others were booked in a game that spun out of control.

It started with the dismissal of Dublin's Alan Brogan who clashed with a Tyrone official as he left the field.

At least 20 players then became involved in a violent brawl.

Tyrone midfielder Colin Holmes was the only player dismissed for that incident but referee Paddy Russell later sent off Tyrone's Stephen O'Neill and Dublin's Denis Bastic. The ugly atmosphere prevailed all the way to the finish of a match Dublin won by 1-9 to 1-6.

"God Almighty couldn't have refereed that game," said Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.

Not even Father, Son and Holy Ghost?

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