Photo evidence key in suspending Limerick football final fan

PHOTOGRAPHIC evidence was used by Limerick GAA officials to identify the Dromcollogher-Broadford man, who marred last Sunday’s Limerick SFC final when he entered the field of play to confront a player from the opposing team.

PHOTOGRAPHIC evidence was used by Limerick GAA officials to identify the Dromcollogher-Broadford man, who marred last Sunday’s Limerick SFC final when he entered the field of play to confront a player from the opposing team.

The GAA’s Competitions Control Committee deliberations centred on an altercation involving Newcastle West player James Kelly and supporter Martin Stokes of Drom-Broadford.

Newcastle West’s Kelly was sent off, for a second yellow card offence, in injury-time at the end of the game.

However, while Dromcollogher-Broadford took a quick free in an effort to secure the equalising point, Kelly was confronted by supporter, Martin Stokes, as he departed the field after receiving his marching orders from referee Richard Moloney.

With all focus on the attempts of Drom-Broadford to secure an equalising points, no action was taken by Moloney regarding the Stokes-Kelly incident.

However, Limerick GAA officials are within their right to impose sanctions on any incident not dealt with by the match referee.

It is understood that the referee didn’t name the supporter in his report but did make reference to the incident of a supporter entering the field.

At least one member of the referee’s team of officials is believed to have witnessed the supporter leaving the field of play.

The CCC reviewed the referee’s report as well as photographs of the incident in question before proposing the maximum suspension.

This Wednesday, Dromcollogher-Broadford GAA club secretary Denis O’Carroll said that they had no comment to make on the incident.

“The matter has been dealt with as far as we are concerned,” said O’Carroll.

“We have a county final replay to look forward to on Friday and that’s all we’re focused on now.”

This Wednesday afternoon it was still unclear if the proposed suspension would be appealed.

“I’m not sure what he will do but from a club point of view the matter is now closed shut. He has an opportunity to appeal but the club are moving ahead and thinking of the replay,” said the club secretary.

The unsavoury incident is the third time that ill-discipline has come to the fore this month in Limerick.

Two weeks ago the Limerick IFC final between Pallasgreen and Claughaun ended with an ugly brawl between players and officials.

And a county U-16 shield hurling final between Old Christians and South Liberties was also abandoned.