Tyrone GAA board calls on row culprits to own up

Tyrone GAA chiefs have urged those involved in the violence at Sunday's county football league final to own up to their roles in the disturbances.

The county's GAA chiefs are investigating after the game between Carrickmore and Dromore was marred by violence on and off the field.

"The people involved should come forward and accept responsibility," said a Tyrone GAA statement.

Tyrone officials will have access to a video of Sunday's game at Dunmoyle.

A mass brawl broke out on the field in the closing minutes of the game and violence then erupted in the stands with several people involved.

The match between Dromore and Carrickmore was held up for around 10 minutes before play eventually resumed.

County champions Dromore won 0-11 to 0-6 at Dunmoyle near Ballygawley.

One eyewitness told BBC Sport that "blood was spilled" during the disturbances in the stand.

Carrickmore players Gabriel McCallan and Plunkett McCallan, who are brothers, were sent off following the mass brawl on the pitch.

Tyrone GAA PRO Damian Harvey acknowledged that the scenes "were not pleasant viewing" and confirmed that the county's competitions control committee would investigate the disturbances after receiving the referee's report.

The Tyrone disciplinary body will also have access to a match video which is likely to shed more light on Sunday's events.

"The county's CCC (competitions control committee) which is a sub-committee independent of the county board will take any necessary action after studying the referee's report," said the Tyrone PRO.

Referees are required to produce their match reports within three days of games.

Tyrone GAA county chairman Ciaran McLaughlin added that the involvement of spectators in the disturbances was a "worrying development".

"When something happens outside the perimeter of the field, and spectators become involved, it is very serious," added the Tyrone chairman.

The Carrickmore club has condemned the violent scenes.

Earlier this season, a referee was seriously assaulted at a ladies match in Tyrone, as a result of which two men, one of them a member of the Carrickmore management team, received lifetime bans.

Dromore's victory saw them completing a championship and league double in Tyrone football.

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