Car­na­con ‘dev­as­tated’ by ex­pul­sion

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De­fend­ing All-ire­land Ladies Club Foot­ball cham­pi­ons Car­na­con will ap­peal the de­ci­sion of the Mayo Ladies Foot­ball County Board to re­move them from Mayo cham­pi­onship and league ac­tion for the 2018 sea­son.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day of­fi­cials say they are “dev­as­tated” by what has hap­pened which has seen them pun­ished for their role in the with­drawal of eight of the club’s play­ers from the Mayo se­nior squad last month.

“The club is in the process of pre­par­ing an ap­peal of this de­ci­sion to lodge with the Con­nacht LGFA, so at this point in time we feel it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to com­ment any fur­ther,” they said.

Eight Car­na­con play­ers and four play­ers from three other clubs left days ahead of Mayo’s clash with Ca­van.

A Car­na­con rep­re­sen­ta­tive told Mayo man­ager Peter Leahy that all of their eight play­ers were with­draw­ing from the panel.

In a state­ment through the LGPA on July 10, af­ter the story broke, the group of play­ers cited “player wel­fare is­sues that are per­sonal and sen­si­tive to the play­ers in­volved” as their rea­son for with­draw­ing.

Among those to leave were 10-time All Star Cora Staunton and Mayo cap­tain Sarah Tier­ney.

Last Tues­day’s meet­ing of the board in the TF Ho­tel in Castle­bar ruled that Car­na­con brought the game into dis­re­pute.

The meet­ing voted 26-2 to re­move Car­na­con from the 2018 cham­pi­onship and league.

Car­na­con have five work­ing days to ap­peal the de­ci­sion to the Ladies Gaelic Con­nacht Coun­cil.

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