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Tuesday 24 October 2017

No action to be taken on Meath bite claim

NO Dublin player will face GAA disciplinary charges over the biting allegation which marred last Sunday's Leinster SFC final.

The Dublin camp were informed by Croke Park yesterday that the CCCC would not be recommending any ban after conducting an investigation into an incident mentioned in referee Pádraig Hughes' match report after Meath substitute Mickey Burke claimed he had been bitten during a melee in the 63rd minute of the match.

The CCCC concluded that insufficient evidence was available to charge any player, after Meath were unwilling to pursue their claim.

Having received a copy of referee Pádraig Hughes' report on Monday, the Meath county board were asked to substantiate the allegation, which was made public by manager Mick O'Dowd in a media conference afterwards.

Any potential charge would likely have hinged on full disclosure from Meath and most likely, evidence from Burke himself.

Video footage of a clash between Burke and Eoghan O'Gara during the row, examined at length on The Sunday Game, is inconclusive while pictures are not admissible in cases of GAA discipline.

No Meath player will face censure for their part in the fracas, during which O'Gara, Burke and Paddy O'Rourke (pictured left) were booked.

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