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Donegal will appeal bans to key minor duo

By John Campbell

Donegal minor team boss Declan Bonner is hoping that his county's appeal against the two-month bans handed to two of his players and two of his backroom staff will prove successful.

The Donegal board will launch what one official described as "a strong plea" to the Ulster Council against the bans - names of those involved have not been made public - which were served following an alleged incident which occurred at the end of half-time in the team's recent quarter-final win over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds.

It is understood that an official, thought to be from Tyrone, endeavoured to persuade the team to return to the playing arena after their protracted break when the incident occurred.

Should Donegal's appeal to the provincial governing body prove unsuccessful, they may invoke the Croke Park appeals process.

Prior to Sunday's Derry v Down quarter-final fixture at Celtic Park, Bonner was in typically upbeat mood as he confirmed that he had "no injuries or other worries" in advance of the semi-final which is scheduled for later this month.

But the possibility that he will now be without what are thought to be two key players could impact on Donegal's chances of remaining on the provincial minor throne given that their last-four opponents Derry looked impressive in accounting for Down by 2-11 to 1-7.

The suspensions come just as Donegal are preparing to step up their bid not only for the Ulster title but for the All-Ireland crown.

Donegal's earlier win over Tyrone in the Ulster Championship was also tinged by controversy when it was alleged that their skipper Michael Carroll had been the victim of verbal abuse relating to the death of his father.

The allegations have since been vehemently denied by the Tyrone county board.

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