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Scullion’s Antrim career on hold

By Colm Keys

Antrim footballer Tony Scullion has vowed not to play under current county manager Frank Dawson again following a bust-up over attending a mass.

 

Scullion and his brother-in-law Tomas McCann missed last weekend's loss to Monaghan after a disagreement with their county boss.

Dawson wanted them to travel to Monaghan on the team bus but they wanted to travel independently in order to attend an anniversary mass for a deceased relative beforehand.

When they went ahead with their plan, Dawson reportedly told them not to bother travelling and veteran defender Scullion has admitted that he has since given the county board an ultimatum.

“I haven't pulled out. I have said that I have left it in the county board's hands — more or less saying that if Dawson goes, I'll go back, but there is no chance of that happening,” Scullion said.

“What happened was totally wrong. It may not sound a big deal but it's a matter of principle. How do you tell somebody not to go to chapel?”

Dawson has refused to discuss publicly what happened, stating: “That doesn't do our squad or the county any favours.”

He added: “From my point of view, the two lads and the management team are aware of exactly what transpired from late Saturday night until Sunday morning.

“However, that is all history now and we move forward.”

Dawson stressed that he will be selecting a championship panel in the coming weeks and “there is absolutely no door closed to anyone”.

If the impasse continues, Scullion and McCann are not expected to return and Antrim will also be without another key player this summer as McCann's brother Michael has already declared himself unavailable due to work commitments.

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