GAA director general Paraic Duffy has claimed both Donegal and Dublin “damaged the reputation of the Association” for their handling of the case into the alleged bite on Patrick McBrearty last year.
In his annual report to next month’s Congress, Duffy says the incident was “disgusting and shocking” and “one of the low points of the year,” while admitting the mark sustained by Kilcar forward McBrearty was “severe.”
A Dublin player was charged and given a three-match ban by the CCCC (Central Competition Controls Committee) but eventually was cleared by the CHC (Central Hearings Committee) after McBrearty decided not to attend to give evidence.
“That was a disgusting and shocking incident in itself, but what is just as reprehensible is that no one could be held to account for what happened,” he writes.
“The CCCC investigated the matter as thoroughly as possible, but was greatly hindered by the absence of video and other evidence.
“The CCCC, therefore, was reliant on the integrity of those involved to play their part in ensuring that justice was served. However, no one was proved to have inflicted the bite simply because no one admitted to having done so and because the player who was bitten decided not to attend a hearing on the case.
“The counties involved may have chosen to deal with this incident solely in terms of their own interests; be that as it may, they did not emerge with any credit and succeeded only in damaging the reputation of the Association.”