Belfast Telegraph

Friday 9 October 2015

Swine flu outbreak has Down in a spin

Published 29/07/2009

Down's All-Ireland minor football quarter-final match against Dublin has been postponed following a suspected swine flu outbreak in the Mourne squad.

Twenty players and two members of the management team have been affected by flu symptoms, with one case confirmed.

The match had been scheduled to take place on Saturday in Breffni Park as part of a double header also featuring Armagh and Kildare in the second quarter final.

No new date has yet been arranged for the fixture.

A number of the Down minor panel developed swine flu symptoms last week and have not recovered sufficiently.

The Down County GAA Board said that players had been advised to follow National Health Service guidelines.

A GAA statement pointed out that “as a general policy it does not grant postponements on the basis of illness to players”.

“However having taken advice from relevant medical personnel and taking into consideration the sheer number of players involved and general concerns expressed with respect to the swine flu pandemic, the CCCC felt that the granting of a postponement in the unique circumstances was the only logical course of action,.”.

A player developed symptoms following a training session last week and subsequent planned training sessions have been cancelled.

Meanwhile, Laois officials are to meet with manager Sean Dempsey next week after his future was the subject of hot debate at a meeting of clubs on Monday night.

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