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Mayo club melee may be investigated

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ORDER RESTORED Breaffy and Knockmore players and supporters, along with Mayo GAA officials and stewards, are pictured following a melee on the pitch at MacHale Park after the Mayo SFC semi-final last Sunday. Pic: Michael Donnelly

Mike Finnerty

THE unsightly melee that broke out at the end of last Sunday’s Mayo SFC semi-final between Breaffy and Knockmore may yet be investigated by Mayo GAA chiefs.
Players from both sides, along with some supporters, became embroiled in a row moments after the final whistle had sounded following Knockmore’s surprise victory.
A series of scuffles broke out, a number of punches were thrown, and Breaffy goalkeeper Robert Hennelly was seen leaving the field with blood coming from a cut above his eye.
A crowd of more than 3,000 people were in attendance at MacHale Park and saw the incident unfold, while senior Mayo GAA officers and the majority of the Mayo Competitions Control Committee (CCC) were also among the attendance.
Speaking to The Mayo News last night (Monday), Mayo GAA PRO Paul Cunnane explained that an investigation into the melee “couldn’t be ruled in or out at this stage”.
Cunnane also confirmed that referee Garryowen McMahon’s report had not been received by Mayo GAA chiefs at the time of writing last night.
“There was an incident after the game so the next steps, if any, will be dictated by the referee’s report,” said Cunnane.
“It’s not something that Mayo GAA condone or want to see at any of our games. We have been very consistent in our message that discipline is something that the board takes very seriously.
“There was a melee involving players from both teams and the situation wasn’t helped by the fact that supporters from both clubs were out on the pitch as well. Our message would be that supporters don’t come on to the pitch and that they co-operate with the stewards on duty at all times.”
Knockmore will take on defending champions Castlebar Mitchels in next Saturday evening’s County Senior Final at 7.15pm at MacHale Park, Castlebar.
The game will be preceded by the County Intermediate football final at 5pm between Kiltimagh and the winners of Wednesday evening’s semi-final replay between Shrule/Glencorrib and Westport.
A crowd of approximately 5,000 people is expected to attend Saturday’s double-header.

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