TYRONE GAA chiefs have apologised to the Donegal team after their currently injured talisman, Karl Lacey, was reportedly spat on by a supporter at the end of yesterday's heated NFL Division One clash in Omagh.
The reigning Footballer of the Year was a spectator at the match and, as outlined by reports from Healy Park, was not involved in any argument when the shocking incident occurred.
Tyrone chairman Ciarán McLoughlin and manager Mickey Harte went to the Donegal dressing-room afterwards and apologised, while McLoughlin indicated that they will take further disciplinary action if the male fan can be identified.
"We apologised to the Donegal team over an incident which occurred at the end of the match. Tyrone will carry out their own investigation into this," McLoughlin was quoted as saying.
The incident happened as Donegal left the field and headed up the tunnel following a 1-13 to 0-12 defeat to their arch-rivals. The match included several flashpoints and 13 yellow cards, including nine for Donegal who finished with 13 men after the double-yellow dismissals of skipper Michael Murphy just before half-time and Neil Gallagher late on.
Even after the final whistle, there were verbal exchanges between opposing players as they made their way off the field - all suggesting that this rivalry has ratcheted up even further in advance of their Ulster SFC meeting on May 26.