Clare foot­ballers pon­dered ‘nu­clear op­tion’ over club row

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - Peter O’con­nell

The man­agers of Clare’s last two county se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­ons have con­firmed that with­draw­ing county play­ers from the panel was dis­cussed this week, as Colm Collins’ men pre­pare for to­mor­row’s round two All-ire­land qual­i­fier against Laois.

County cham­pi­ons and Divi­sion 1 League hold­ers Kil- murry Ibrick­ane, along with their neigh­bours St Joseph’s Mil­town, are fu­ri­ous that the Clare County Board im­posed a €200 fine on them and handed the points to O’curry’s and Doon­beg, fol­low­ing league fix­tures which were not played on the week­end of June 3.

Clon­de­gad and Éire Óg also suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate.

All four fined clubs re­fused to line out with­out their coun- ty foot­ballers in the sixth round of the league.

“We are very up­set over it and we got a lot of sup­port from the county play­ers but we felt that the nu­clear op­tion wasn’t fea­si­ble af­ter all the hard work these guys have put in and their long years of ser­vice,” said Kil­murry Ibrick­ane man­ager Ai­den Moloney.

How­ever, Moloney added that a with­drawal op­tion could be on the agenda for round three of the All-ire­land qual­i­fiers, if Clare beat Laois.

St Joseph’s Mil­town man­ager Michael Ney­lon also con­firmed that play­ers pulling out of this week­end’s game was dis­cussed.

“Was thought given to it? It did come up for dis­cus­sion. It throws up a ques­tion about fu­ture par­tic­i­pa­tion with county teams,” Ney­lon said.

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