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Derry CCC plan to investigate mass brawl at Owenbeg

Glenullin's Paddy Bradley (left) complained on Twitter about the ugly scenes that marred last Sunday's Division One relegation play-off against Foreglen
Niall Gartland

THE Derry Competitions Control Committee (CCC) is to investigate a mass brawl that erupted in the closing stages of Sunday’s Division One relegation play-off between Glenullin and Foreglen at Owenbeg.

Tensions boiled over after Foreglen goalkeeper Gary McGee was sent off late on for an altercation with referee Alan Nash, with a minute-long fracas breaking out in two separate areas of the pitch during a stoppage in play.

A number of players were captured throwing punches in footage which has been widely shared on social media, with a small amount of spectators also getting involved in the unsavoury incident.

While Glenullin sent 13-man Foreglen down to Division Two on a 3-7 to 1-5 scoreline, the CCC is set to investigate the brawl ahead of Glenullin’s next play-off match against Claudy, scheduled for this Sunday at Celtic Park.

A Derry spokesman told that The Irish News that the county board has yet to receive referee Nash’s report into the incident.

“The situation is that Derry CCC will conduct an investigation upon receipt of the referee’s report. That report hasn’t been received yet,” he said.

Eoin Bradley was central to Glenullin’s win with a tally of 1-2, and his brother Paddy – who also chipped in with two points – made reference to the ugly scenes on his Twitter account: “Wild the abuse you have to take on a field. Composure and restraint in the face of unreal adversity. We go again next week.”

While it is unclear what action – if any – will be taken, precedent would suggest that heavy sanctions are a possibility: three Ballinderry players were handed long initial bans by Derry’s CCC in the aftermath of disturbances against Slaughtneil in last year’s county final.

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