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Liam O'Neill defends GAA's disciplinary process after alleged biting incident

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 09:34 | Comments

Liam O'Neill would like to have seen a more conclusive outcome to the affair
Liam O'Neill would like to have seen a more conclusive outcome to the affair

GAA President, Liam O'Neill, has defended the Association's disciplinary process in the wake of the alleged biting incident on Donegal player, Paddy McBrearty.

A proposed three-match match suspension for Dublin defender Kevin O'Brien, was dropped when McBrearty did not turn up to give evidence.

O'Neill said :"The ideal thing would have been having set the wheels in motion that the process would have been seen through,".

"I think there's a certain level of disappointment with this case. It would have been better if they knew they weren't going to see it out to the end. It left people who acted in good faith with an outcome that wasn't satisfactory.

"In fairness to the CCCC, they're volunteers, they come in here, the majority of them, and they do their business.

"We put people who then come in (Central Hearings Committee) and give their time, some very qualified people, to make sure that due process is observed and that the players get the benefit of having their cases dealt with in the most professional manner possible.

Yes, it is a disappointment, yeah."

Without McBrearty's account of what happened, O'Neill acknowledged there was little the CHC could do, but end the action against O'Brien.

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