Monday 18 December 2017

Cooney cools talk of 'zero tolerance' policy

CHRISTY COONEY has insisted that there has been no 'zero tolerance' directive handed down to the various GAA disciplinary bodies despite a raft of recently unexpected sanctions.

Monaghan are appealing their loss of home advantage for their next Allianz League match with Louth after the Central Hearing Committee dropped the €5,000 fine incurred for their part in a minor melee which kicked off at half-time in their most recent Division 2 fixture with Kildare, but took away their home status - effectively upgrading the sanction.

Cooney backed the CHC's decision but denied a new zero tolerance approach had been adopted. "We have to get rid of so-called melees or major situations when all the players are getting involved in major fracases during games," he stated.

"I think they've taken a course of action and I support fully the course of action that they've taken."

Armagh are considering withdrawing an application for a hearing over their own fine and suspensions recommended by the CCCC for the recent flashpoint with Cork in light of the Monaghan case, while the Rebels and Kildare may do likewise.

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