Tuesday 21 November 2017

Derrytresk 'disturbed' to be on receiving end of allegations

THE Tyrone club at the centre of a raft of allegations for their part in a number of serious incidents during last Sunday's All-Ireland Club Junior semi-final in Portlaoise say they are "disturbed" by the claims.

Derrytresk have been accused by Dromid Pearses manager Michael Anthony O'Connell of "unfair tactics" prior to the start of their match in Portlaoise, which boiled over on a number of occasions and left two of the Kerry club's players seriously injured.

"Our players thoroughly deserve to be there after all of the hard work that they put in over the last 12 months," read a statement from Derrytresk.

"It is disturbing to be on the receiving end of quite serious allegations which have been aimed directly at our club since yesterday afternoon.

"We are disappointed that such allegations have been aired by GAA people through various media outlets over the last 24 hours."

Television footage of the incident, which was widely released yesterday, depicted a brawl which escalated on the sideline after an initial clash between a Dromid player and one of the Derrytresk back-room staff.

Within seconds, Derrytresk substitutes had climbed the advertising hoardings to get onto the pitch while supporters are also seen encroaching onto the playing surface.

O'Connell, who wants the Tyrone side ejected from the championship, claimed that his players came in for underhand tactics before the ball was even thrown in.

"We were beaten by unfair tactics. At the start of the game, three of my players were caught by the testicles," he insisted.

"When our fellas went to shake hands with them, Derrytresk went for their testicles and pulled them at the start of the game. That conduct has no place on a football field."

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