GAA player has ear bitten off in brawl

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Updated: April 8, 2011

A GAA player based in Britain, who had to receive medical treatment after bitten in an on-field brawl, now faces the prospect of losing part of his ear.

A report in today’s Irish Examiner, relates how the incident took place last Sunday, in a Warwickshire Senior Football League game between Sean McDermotts and Roger Casements. John Dowling, a 22- year-old, playing for the former, was bitten on the side of his head, during a brawl which erupted midway through the second half.

The match was abandoned, and Dowling, from Birmingham, was immediately rushed to a local hospital. Doctors have yet to decide their next course of action, as they are waiting for the swelling on the players ear to go down. However, Sean McDermott club vice chairman, Steve McGerr, has said that there is a strong possibility that part of the players ear may have to be removed.

The Warwickshire County Board have refused to comment on the incident, as they are still awaiting the referee’s match report.

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