Douglas and Charleville await county board decision after U21 hurling clash was abandoned

Douglas and Charleville await county board decision after U21 hurling clash was abandoned
Douglas' Killian Doyle in action against Charleville's Tim Hawe. Picture: Gavin Browne

STANDARD procedure will apply with the Cork County Board in relation to the U21 hurling championship game between Douglas and Charleville that was abandoned last Saturday at Fermoy after players and mentors from both sides became involved in a very nasty sideline incident.

Cork County Board PRO, Donal Leahy told the Evening Echo that the board executive will wait for the referee, Pa O’Driscoll from Bride Rovers report before making any decision.

“That is always the procedure in these type of situations. The referee will issue us with his report and we will act accordingly.’’ 

The game was 12 minutes into the second-half when the major flare-up occurred and Charleville were ahead by four points However, they had just been reduced to 14 players after the dismissal of Cork senior player Darragh Fitzgibbon who was handed a red card.

Douglas had a player dismissed in the first-half when Diarmuid O’Mahony saw red.

The referee’s report was in the hands of the County Board today and they are expected to take speedy action because of the fact that the competition is already behind schedule.

The game was only a fourth-round tie with Valley Rovers awaiting the winners in the quarter-final which was scheduled for Wednesday night.

That game cannot take place now with the County Board having a number of options open to them in relation to the abandoned game.

They can decide to order a replay and fine both clubs or alternatively they can expel them from the competition.

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