The Armagh County Board has stated that its players were subjected to racism and partitionist abuse during their National Football League clash with Laois in Portlaoise on Sunday.
The board are angry that the “partitionist provocation” as they define it, has gone unpunished by the GAA even though it is against the rules of the Association. The comments came after iconic Armagh captain Ciaran McKeever was sent off for allegedly kicking a Laois player shortly after the half-time whistle had blown.
Referee Michael Duffy wrote about the incident in his match report and the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC_ has acted on that report. The CCCC has also recommended that Armagh assistant manager Paul Grimley be banned for three months after he angrily confronted the referee following Sunday’s red card.
Armagh lost the game to Laois by four points and remain at the bottom of the Division One table. Whether McKeever’s sending off cost the Orchard County the game is debatable, but, had they won, they would have moved up to fourth place in the league table. They now face Down next Saturday knowing that they need to beat the 2010 All-Ireland finalists to have their Division One survival fate in their own hands going into the final round of matches two weeks later.