GAA to investigate half-time incidents during Tyrone-Monaghan clash

Video footage showing Dessie Mone assaulted twice

Conor Gormley: involved in an incident with Dessie Mone at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Conor Gormley: involved in an incident with Dessie Mone at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Thu, Aug 8, 2013, 01:00


The central competitions control committee are examining video footage from half-time in last Saturday’s controversial All-Ireland quarter-final when Monaghan’s Dessie Mone was struck twice in the face by Tyrone players as the players left the pitch .

Referee Cormac Reilly took no action at the time but immediately after the break Tyrone forward Martin Penrose was shown a straight red card.

Penrose is expected to receive a one-match suspension which would rule him out of the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo on August 25th.

Veteran Tyrone defender Conor Gormley was also involved in an incident with Mone just prior to the Penrose incident and he could face a sanction.

Meanwhile, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney is due to meet with Kildare County Board chairman John McMahon in the coming days to discuss the possibility of staying on as football manager for a seventh season.

It is unclear whether McGeeney wishes to continue but Kildare’s longest-serving player, Johnny Doyle, has made it abundantly clear that the former Armagh player is crucial to football in the county making further progress.


After defeat
“I think it is imperative that the management, led by Kieran, stays on,” said Doyle on July 20th in the immediate aftermath of the defeat to Tyrone in the qualifiers in Newbridge.

“I can’t over-talk how much Kieran means to this county. He puts his life into it. I don’t think it is a coincidence we are seeing success at underage. It’s Kieran’s involvement.

“He drives the whole thing. . . Every young lad in the place now wants to play with Kildare,” said Doyle who has yet to make a decision on his own future.