Long ban after GAA match row

Long ban after GAA match row
By Conor Ganly news@leinsterexpress..e@laoisnews

Penalties have been handed out arising from a violent row during a senior hurling game in O'Moore Park last week.

Laois GAA declined to comment on the punishment meted out to Clonaslee and Castletown arising from the Senior A championship clash but the Leinster Express understands that both clubs have been fined €500 each for what happened.

Clonaslee goalkeeper James Young, who was at the centre of the fracas, was banned for 24 games. However, because of the nature of GAA procedures he is only banned from senior championship hurling. He will be on the sideline coaching Slieve Bloom this week against Castletown in junior hurling.

It is his second major ban. In 2010 he was given a two year ban for his actions in an incident in O'Moore Park.

Castletown's forward Kevin Conroy, was given a four match ban and will miss next Sunday's final, pending an appeal. Both clubs have yet to decide if they will appeal the decisions. The bans were issued at a disciplinary meeting last Friday evening. The county board has yet to comment.

Meanwhile, the Garda Ombudsman's office confirmed that it was aware of the incident. It could not comment on whether a complaint had been received in relation to Mr Young who is a serving Garda. It said that the matter had not been referred to it for investigation by the garda authorities. Under the law it can investigate an off-duty garda if actions discredit the Gardai. Mr Young was the subject of an Ombudsman's probe after the 2010 incident. The case was closed due to a lack of evidence. See Sport