Derrytresk slapped with five-year championship ban
Tyrone club Derrytresk have been banned from playing any championship football outside of Tyrone for five years, a ban which kicks in following the All-Ireland Junior club final this weekend.
The ban is a result of the much-publicised incidents of violence at the All-Ireland semi-final between Derrytresk and Dromid Pearses, following which a handbag-wielding Derrytresk supporter was hit with a 48-week ban by the GAA.
At a hearing held at Croke Park last night, it was ruled by the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) that the Tyrone club will be "ineligible to compete in the provincial or All-Ireland Club Championships for the next five years".
There was some good news for Derrytresk, however, as the proposed fine of €5,000 for the incidents in Portlaoise last month was reduced to €2,500 on appeal and one of their star players, Joe McKee, had his suspension overturned, leaving him free to line out in the final against Galway side Clonbur this weekend.
Appeals against the suspensions of seven other players fell on deaf ears, while a series of dramatic restrictions have also been imposed on what club members can actually take to the hallowed Croke Park turf this weekend.
As well as the players, of course, the team manager, a nominated team official, doctor and physiotherapist may enter onto the pitch area before the game, at half-time or in the immediate aftermath of the game, while only the manager will be allowed remain on the sideline.
A nominated team official will have to stay in the stands with the substitutes, while in a measure that seems just a little bit draconian, the Derrytresk water-carriers will be provided by the Central Competitions Control Comm-it-tea (CCCC) and not the club itself.
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