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Antrim football squad take up cudgels after player banned

 

By John Campbell

Antrim's preparations for their forthcoming Ulster senior football championship tie against Donegal have been thrown into turmoil following what the players perceive to be a lack of support from the county board for a squad member who was found guilty of a transgression in the recent league game against Armagh.

The entire playing squad has taken the unusual step of forwarding a letter signed by each of them to the board, copies of which have been circulated to all clubs, voicing their concerns on the matter.

They claim that county management and two members of the county board reviewed the video image of the alleged transgression and it was agreed that the player could not be identified with total certainty. Subsequently the player was then identified without consulting the county management. This resulted in a suspension which was later successfully appealed.

It was only after the county board identified the player a second time that a second suspension was issued and as a result the player could potentially miss Antrim's biggest game of the year to date.

"We find it unacceptable that not only was the player suspended as a result of information provided by our own county board but that there was no county representative available to accompany him for his appeal," the players' statement adds.

Meanwhile, Fermanagh and Warwickshire hurlers advanced in the Lory Meagher Cup at the week-end when they beat Leitrim and Cavan respectively. Fermanagh overcame Leitrim by 5-13 to 2-21 with Sean Corrigan scoring three goals while Warwickshire slammed Cavan by 3-28 to 1-14.

In the Allianz Hurling League final Galway stunned Tipperary by winning by 3-21 to 0-14 while Antrim won the All-Ireland Minor 'B' camogie final when they beat Kildare in the final by 1-11 to 2-5 with eight players in all scoring.

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