Shields and McMahon could face bans

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Updated: April 25, 2011

Video Footage from Sunday’s league final between Cork and Dublin looks set to land Philip McMahon and Michael Shields in hot water. Cork’s All Star Full back Shields, who led his side to victory over McMahon’s Dublin side were seeing trading punches in the tunnel at half time as tempers flared.

At the time Dublin were leading 1-10 to 0-10 however despite Dublin extending their lead, Cork came back to claim a historic win.

However the pair now look set for a trail by TV as the footage for TG4, which shows the pair exchanging punches, is set to examined by the GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) and the pair could face bans for their roles in the fracas.

Predictably both manager’s have little to say on the matter with Cork manager Conor Counihan playing down the incident when speaking after the game.

“It was a damp squib, as far as I’m concerned. I didn’t see anyone coming in who had to be lifted out of it or anything,” he said.

His Dublin counterpart Pat Gilroy was equally coy, saying: “I think there was nothing there, to be honest with you. There was a bit of pushing and shoving. I was coming in at the end of it but I think that’s all it was. I don’t think anything serious went on.”

A Category III offence, which includes “inflicting injury recklessly” by means other than stamping, kicking and head butting, carries a minimum eight-week ban.

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