Fuming goalkeeper sent off after brutally flooring team-mate following goal

Glentoran goalkeeper Aaron McCarey was sent-off for brutally flooring his team-mate in an angry confrontation after they conceded a soft goal against Coleraine.

But replays have shown that Bobby Burns was not in fact struck in the face, and fell onto his back after being grabbed round the collar with both men now apologising.

Glentoran boss Mick McDermott downplayed the incident after his side drew their NIFL Premiership encounter 2-2, insisting that he was more concerned about how they conceded the goal.

Club legend Paul Leeman said on commentary duty: "I've never seen anything like it – it's a moment of madness."

The 29-year-old raced towards Burns following the late equaliser which was shown on the BBC Sport website, grabbing him round the collar before he fell backwards to the floor.

While trying to pick his colleague up, Burns held his face and refused to stand, with captain Patrick McClean hitting McCarey with the ball and later separating them.

Although the Irish Premiership game at the Oval was overshadowed by the incident, both men are said to have apologised for the incident by their manager.

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McDermott said: "I am more concerned about how we conceded the goal before the incident.

"I've only seen a close angle on an iPad and I can't zoom in on it. When I can get our analysis cameras there's a zoomed out version I'll have a look at it.

"Aaron has come into the dressing room and said he shouldn't have done it, he has held his hand up and Bobby Burns the same.

"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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