Sean Cavanagh: Tyrone Championship incident was dealt with 'appropriately'

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Injured Sean Cavanagh still waiting to see footage of weekend incident

Tyrone GAA's Competitions Controls Committee have concluded that the incident which left Sean Cavanagh with multiple injures was dealt with appropriately by the match referee.

Cavanagh sustained the injuries during a Tyrone Club Championship game between Edendork and Moy on 15 September.

"The referee was well-positioned, in clear view of the incident," read a Tyrone GAA statement.

"And adjudicated on the matter, appropriately."

Speaking four days after the match on Tuesday, Cavanagh said he remained "heavily concussed" after the incident left him with a broken nose and other facial injuries.

Cavanagh gave his first broadcast interview since Saturday's incident at an event in Belfast held to raise awareness about concussion in sport.

"My nose is sore. I still have heavy concussion but recovering," he said.

The former Tyrone star had to be taken to hospital after sustaining the injuries in the first half of Moy's Tyrone Senior Football Championship defeat by Edendork.

The game saw six red cards, 20 yellow cards and a black card being handed out as Edendork clinched a 0-10 to 0-9 after a late point from former Tyrone panelist Darren McCurry.

"You are going to pick up knocks in sport. Saturday was no different. Thankfully the wounds are healing. Onwards and upwards.

"I'm sure through time I'll get a look at it but yeah," shrugged Cavanagh, as he spoke to BBC Sport Northern Ireland's Mark Sidebottom.

A weekend picture of Sean Cavanagh after he sustained the injuries
Cavanagh suffered a broken nose and other facial injuries in the Tyrone Club Championship game

Cavanagh forced to postpone work meetings

The former All-Star revealed that he had been forced to cancel a number of work meetings on Monday on medical advice.

"It's difficult when you have your own accountancy practice and you have a number of staff relying on you. There's certainly an onus there to keep going."

Cavanagh smiled at the irony of his attending Monday's official launch of the Concussion NI website which he had committed to attending prior to the weekend incident.

"Concussion is part of sport. It's a big part of sport now. If I can help other deal with it through my maybe not dealing with it so well in the past, so be it."

Despite his injuries, Cavanagh intends to resume club football with Moy in 2019.

"I'd hope so (to play again). I love the game. I love the sport. It's something I've been doing a long time. I certainly don't want to walk away from it at this point.

"It's disappointing from our club's perspective. We had high ambitions but fair play to Edendork, they pulled out a good performance and wish them all the best in the championship.

"Hopefully as 2019 approaches, the body will be fit and well and I'll be able to get back playing and doing what I love."

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