Back In The Day - GAA's disciplinary system turns full circle as Committee speak to Donegal defender Niall McCready - The Irish News 1999
GAA: GAC exonerate Coll, Oisin but send for McCready
THE wheels of the GAA’s disciplinary system turned full circle yesterday when it emerged the Games Administration Committee wish to speak to Donegal defender Niall McCready.
The Ballyshannon man was initially perceived to be the victim after an off-the-ball incident with Oisin McConville during last Sunday’s Ulster Championship replay at Clones, which led to the Armagh forward being being red-carded.
The Games Administration Committee subsequently deemed McConville’s and Donegal centre-half Martin Coll’s sendings off inaccurate following video evidence obtained from an official source.
It now appears that from the same footage, the GAC saw something in the lead-up to the incident which has concerned them.
McCready has been asked to appear before the body when the next meeting is convened, though what his punishment will be is anyone’s guess.
In the meantime, Oisin McConville has been cleared of any wrong-doing and available to play for his county in the Ulster semi-final on July 4 with the winners of tomorrow’s replay between Derry and Cavan.
Donegal chairman John McConnell also confirmed yesterday the county are not seeking a replay of last Sunday’s Ulster Senior Football Championship replay defeat to Armagh.
The chairman said the county had only decided to lodge an appeal with the Ulster Council to highlight the issue.
“We are only seeking clarification,” he said. “The GAC has recognised the referee made two serious errors in the match which effected the outcome of the game.”
It is not known when the Ulster Council Activities Committee will grant Donegal a hearing, if at all. It is unlikely anything will come of the matter, as the Ulster Council are sure to adopt the report of match referee Michael Curley.
Scottish Soccer: Bulgarian Petrov is Barnes’ first Bhoy
CELTIC’S summer of spending finally started in earnest yesterday with Bulgaria international Stilian Petrov committing himself to a pre-contract agreement for a projected five-year deal.
Captured from CSKA Sofia for around £2million, the 19- year-old will become new head coach John Barnes’ first major signing assuming he passes a medical and can be granted a work permit.
Despite his tender years, Petrov has eight international caps to his name, the latest in the recent 1-1 draw with England, and is widely viewed as his country’s brightest creative talent since Hristo Stoichkov.
Motorcycling: Griffiths and Dunlop face Dundrod duel
JOEY Dunlop and Jason Griffiths, two of the fancied runners in today’s Dundrod 150 Road Races, will resume their battle after their head-to-head in last week’s Isle of Man TT races.
Dunlop and Griffiths had a cracking battle in last week’s Junior TT where Dunlop pipped his rival by 0.6 second.
Then only last Saturday, the duo were at it again when Dunlop beat Griffiths in the Open race at the Post TT Steam Packet races at Billowen.
Dunlop set new race and lap records in this one and in this weekend’s races both will be looking for further record achievements.
Dunlop recorded 121.6mph at Dundrod in 1996, while Griffiths recorded 121.5mph in the same race.
Last year Griffiths and Dunlop missed the Dundrod 150, but both are entered in Saturday’s races.