Tyrone board goes on the defensive over death slur
The Tyrone county board has responded robustly to allegations of 'sledging' made by, it is thought, two players in the Ulster Minor Championship tie between the Red Hands and Donegal last Sunday.
The allegations centred in particular on remarks made to a Donegal player concerning the death of his father from cancer last year.
The furore in relation to the 'sledging', which has been intensified through social media outlets, has occasioned widespread anger in Tyrone and prompted the county board to act.
The Tyrone board's statement reads: "Due to persistent allegations circulating in the media, some of which have been attributed to the Donegal Minor football manager, regarding verbal abuse during the Tyrone v Donegal Ulster Minor Football Championship match, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain has conducted an investigation, involving its management and players.
"As a result of the investigation undertaken it would refute in the strongest possible terms that a comment was made by any of its players to a Donegal player regarding the death of his father in 2014.
"Tyrone GAA in no way condone 'sledging' and the managers and coaches of all our county teams, from Acadamh Thir Eoghain to Senior, actively discourage this practice.
"Tyrone GAA congratulates both Donegal teams on their victories on Sunday in Ballybofey, wishing them well in the remainder of their 2015 campaigns and would express our deepest sympathies to the player on his loss."