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Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron McCarey reacted with fury after Cathair Friel’s 80th-minute equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Coleraine

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Aaron McCarey is sent off

Aaron McCarey is sent off

Aaron McCarey is sent off

Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron McCarey was sent off for hitting his team-mate during the Irish Premiership clash with Coleraine on Saturday.

McCarey reacted with fury after Cathair Friel’s 80th-minute equaliser in the 2-2 draw, running straight towards Bobby Burns and appearing to strike the defender in the face before grabbing him by the shirt while he was grounded.

Burns had been tackled on the halfway line, which started the Coleraine move that led to the goal.

Glentoran had fought back from a goal down to lead but were left to settle for a draw as they ended the game with 10 men following McCarey’s dismissal.

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott said in an interview on his club’s YouTube account: “Aaron’s held his hands up in the dressing room and said it shouldn’t have happened.

"It was a really poor goal to concede, especially when we worked so hard to get back from 1-0 down. We were in control of the game at that moment and we didn’t get the three points.

"They're both gutted with what happened, so look, we'll deal with it. I spoke to Bobby and he said he didn't strike him in the face. There was no contact with the face.

"Until I see the footage I can't give you my opinion of it. Bobby confirmed in the dressing room, I actually brought him into my office, he said there was no contact with his face but when he fell back he hit his head on the grass and that was the reaction.

"Nobody falls out, they're all grown men. It's an incident that shouldn't have happened and now we move on. There's no news. Two players got in a row, it's happened before, it's not nice but it's happened and we move on.

"We have rules and we protocols, procedures and disciplinary actions. If it's proven it's violent conduct we'll have to consider the consequences. I think for me talking to our players... the disciplinary stuff we deal with all the time. I'm not going to blow it up into a major incident."

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