GAA to probe violence at Derrytresk match in Portlaoise

Police and GAA chiefs are expected to investigate the violence which broke out at a junior level match involving Tyrone club Derrytresk on Sunday.

It has been reported that a player on the opposing Dromid Pearses team from Kerry was concussed while another sustained a fractured cheekbone.

The brawl happened an All-Ireland Junior semi-final at Portlaoise.

Officials and substitutes from both sides are believed to have been involved in fighting on the pitch.

It is understood the concussed player, midfielder Thomas Curran, was not able to play the second half and that Kerry star Declan O'Sullivan was struck by a handbag during the fracas.

Dromid selector and Kerry county board officer Diarmuid Ó Sé complained about a lack of security for players at the neutral venue and called on the GAA to look at available video evidence.

Derrytresk won the game 1-10 to 0-7 and are scheduled to play Galway side Clonbur in the All-Ireland junior final on 12 February.

A statement from the Tyrone club said the club "deserved" to be in the final, adding that the referee and his officials were "best placed to deal with all aspects of Sunday's game".

"We remain confident that the GAA itself is best placed to provide the correct channels to deal with all matters which may or may not arise from this game," added the Derrytresk statement.

However, Dromid manager Michael Anthony O'Connell insisted that the Tyrone club should be "thrown out" of the competition following the scenes.

"Somebody has to put their foot down," the Dromid manager told RTE.

"What happened on Sunday has no place in the GAA, it was disgraceful.

"I don't think I will ever go to a football game again if they are not thrown out. The GAA has to make a stand now.

"There were kids crying in the stand, frightened by what was going on.

"How do you expect kids to go to football games when this happens?"

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