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Thursday 8 December 2016

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail 'You can't gently hit someone' as controversy about Davy Byrne incident intensifies

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail
James McCarthy (left) and Davey Byrne

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail says there is an obligation on anyone with information pertaining to the incident which saw Davey Byrne hospitalised to come forward and co-operate with the CCCC's investigation.

"I think they have an obligation, I'm not sure if I'd use the word moral, but I'd certainly say an obligation," Ó Fearghail (pictured left) stated.

"I'm not aware of what evidence is there but if an incident happened somebody most have some information and there is definitely an obligation on people then to co-operate with any investigation that may followed that."

Speaking after his team's All-Ireland SFC exit to Galway, Armagh manager Kieran McGeeney stated: "Most of the stuff that's reported was nothing near the truth of what happened so you just have to leave it behind and move on," though he is likely to be asked now, via the Orchard county board, by the CCCC as to the events of the match.

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James McCarthy (left) and Davy Byrne

"I think if something happens that is against our rules and regulations that it should be dealt with it," Ó Fearghail added.

"You can't gently hit someone or you can't hit him a wee bit, if a strike takes place it takes place.

"To me that wouldn't be the absolute reason for it, to me what would be important is that if it has occurred it should be dealt with and all the evidence should be gathered and I would expect our CCC to do that."

"I wouldn't be comfortable as an Uachtarán of an Association that had games behind closed doors," he added.

"I don't like that idea, I don't think that's healthy and I don't think there was a game behind closed doors.

"It was a game that permission was sought for, permission happened, there seems to be evidence that an incident occurred and I would expect now that that's properly dealt with, that's my belief," he concluded.

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