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