Monday 11 December 2017

Victory marred by allegation of biting

Meath player Michael Burke. Piaras O Midheach/SPORTSFILE
Meath player Michael Burke. Piaras O Midheach/SPORTSFILE

DUBLIN'S Leinster final victory was marred by allegations that a Meath player suffered a bite injury during the game.

Meath manager Mick O'Dowd has claimed that Mickey Burke was bitten and required medical attention in the dressing room.

The allegation came after O'Dowd had already spoken to the waiting press about his side's loss in the game.

He rushed back into the press room to announce that Meath were "reporting a biting incident".

"I've just come back to the dressing room after speaking to you and I see the doctor dealing with his finger," O'Dowd explained.

"And he's gone to the Dublin dressing-room to talk to the Dublin doctor because there's a protocol to deal with in terms of a bite, in terms of blood transferring from one person to another."


Asked about his reaction, O'Dowd said that he was "extremely disappointed" with what had happened.

In the aftermath of the claim Dublin manager Jim Gavin said that he was not aware of the incident.

He had been giving interviews when his counterpart made the remarks and said it was the first he'd heard of it.


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