Louth fans face charges over Leinster Final scenes as DPP recommends prosecution

UP to three Louth GAA fans are set to face summonses in the next week after Gardaí completed their investigation into the ugly scenes that marred the end of last year's Leinster Championship final in Croke Park.

UP to three Louth GAA fans are set to face summonses in the next week after Gardaí completed their investigation into the ugly scenes that marred the end of last year's Leinster Championship final in Croke Park.

UP to three Louth GAA fans are set to face summonses in the next week after Garda completed their investigation into the ugly scenes that marred the end of last year's Leinster Championship final in Croke Park.

It is understood that the Department of Public Prosecutions has recommended that up to three prosecutions be made against individuals involved in altercations with referee Martin Sludden as he made his way off the field at the end of the game.

Controversy erupted at the end of the game - Louth's first Leinster final appearance in 50 years - when Sludden allowed a clearly illegal Joe Sheridan goal to stand deep into injury-time that earned Meath a two point victory.

The decision denied Louth a first Leinster title in 53 years with several supporters losing their cool by entering the field of play to challenge the Tyrone official.

Television cameras that were following Sludden off the field of play captured the incidents while CCTV footage from within Croke Park was also used as part of the Garda's investigations.

The deadline for the application of summons on foot of the DPP recommendation was yesterday (Tuesday), six months on from the ill-fated Leinster final.

The GAA have conducted their own investigation into the incidents but have been waiting for the Garda investigation to be completed before making any rulings on the matter.