Re­lief for Wick­low as Fur­long es­capes ban For­ward is cleared to play and team keep league point af­ter hear­ing

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Mark KENNEDY

WICK­LOW G.A.A. re­ceived good news at the week­end which keeps their na­tional foot­ball league cam­paign on track.

Croke Park’s Com­pe­ti­tions Con­trol Com­mit­tee re­leased its ver­dict on Wick­low’s open­ing league match against Antrim at Thurles on Satur­day and it was bet­ter than feared and as good as we could have hoped for.

Seánie Fur­long was ex­on­er­ated and cleared to play for Wick­low in their re­main­ing league fix­tures and also we did not lose the league point se­cured from the draw with Antrim.

There had been ap­pre­hen­sion that Wick­low could have faced se­ri­ous cen­sure af­ter de­cid­ing to play Seánie Fur­long against Antrim even though he had picked up a straight red card two weeks ear­lier in an O’Byrne Cup game against Louth.

As a pre­cau­tion, Wick­low de­cided not to play Fur­long in the sub­se­quent league match against Water­ford while await­ing the hear­ing and de­ci­sion of Croke Park’s Com­pe­ti­tions Con­trol Com­mit­tee on the mat­ter.

Last week we in this pa­per pleaded the case of Wick­low and urged that our foot­ballers not be pun­ished for what was a de­ci­sion made in good faith.

It would ap­pear that the CCC agreed with our view in its de­ci­sion to clear Seánie Fur­long and al­low Wick­low to re­tain the league point from the Antrim draw.

A good de­ci­sion all round by the CCC.

It was prob­a­bly too much to ex­pect Wick­low to es­cape com­pletely and we hear un­con­firmed re­ports that the CCC im­posed a fine in the re­gion of €1,000 on the county.

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