An investigation is to be carried out by Leinster GAA after scenes of violence marred an intermediate club hurling match at Parnell Park yesterday.
A fight broke out among players at the Leinster intermediate hurling quarter final involving Oulart-The Ballagh of Wexford and Naomh Barróg of Dublin.
Footage of the fight on social media showed the melee, which involved players from both sides, erupted under the stand at Parnell Park, and escalated when supporters began facing off against one another in the stand itself.
The Chairperson of Leinster GAA, Pat Teehan, said he condemned the violence unequivocally.
"We play hundreds of games every weekend in a spirit of enjoyment for both players and spectators and unfortunately we get isolated incidents which are rightly highlighted in the media and elsewhere, because they have no place in our games."
"We must deal them in as harsh a manner as we can, but also in a fair manner"
He said Leinster GAA would examine the referee's report and study its contents before carrying out a formal investigation into the incident.
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He said the referee's report would be available within the next 24 hours, after which an immediate meeting of the Leinster Competition Control Committee would take place to discuss it.
"There is any amount of sanctions available," said Mr Teehan.
"There are very severe sanctions which can be imposed and if necessary which will be imposed."
When asked if Leinster GAA would make a complaint to the gardaí about the incident, Mr Teehan said if there is a garda investigation, the GAA would fully cooperate with it.
He said Leinster GAA would make a decision on whether or not to make a complaint to the GAA as part of its investigation.
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In a statement to RTÉ's This Week programme An Garda Síochána said it is aware of video circulating on social media of an incident at a sporting event.
"In general terms this incident, similar to other footage circulating online, emanated from the field of play and was confined to the match venue, which is first and foremost the responsibility of event officials, stewards and the Sporting body concerned."
"Any complaints made to An Garda Síochána arising from such incidents are fully investigated" the statement said.
Mr Teehan said it was unfortunate that people who had brought children to the game had to witness such scenes of violence, and the GAA would deal with the incident as harshly as it can, and as fairly as it can within the rules.
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Separately, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers has called for a full and thorough investigation into the incident.
Mr Chambers said the scenes of violence were shocking and cannot be accepted.
"We've seen strong sanctions for other violent incidents that occurred during the summer and since then, and we need to see similar follow through on sanctions for anyone involved in such a melee," he said.
Minister Chambers said that sport should be about participation and inclusion and that the scenes sent the wrong message to any young person watching.
Asked about how such scenes can be avoided in the future, Mr Chambers said that Sport Ireland has been asked to engage with governing bodies to ensure that there are "positive messages" going through clubs and grassroots that any violence cannot be accepted in any sport.
Additional reporting Tommy Meskill