The Leinster Senior League executive committee have confirmed that Ballybrack FC will remain in the league, despite falsely claiming that one of their players had died to postpone a game.
Last Friday, the club wrote on social media that one of their senior players, Fernando LaFuente, prompting the league to postpone their clash with Arklow FC while all other games contained a minute silence and the players wore black armbands.
It then transpired that LaFuente was alive and well and had moved to Galway for work purposes. In a statement, the league said that the club were “open and transparent” during their meeting and the volunteer who was responsible had been removed from the club.
Ballybrack have apologised profusely for the incident and will accept all sanctions handed down to them, which match FAI rules.
The statement in full read:
“The executive committee of the Leinster Senior League met with officials from Ballybrack FC on Thursday night to discuss the club’s failure to fulfil a fixture at senior level.”
“The League would like to state that events of the past week should not be attributed to or connected to Ballybrack FC schoolboy teams, which are run by a separate committee.”
“In the meeting, Ballybrack FC were open and transparent regarding an error made by a volunteer who no longer works with the club, after he was removed from the senior team committee last Tuesday.”
“Ballybrack FC officials admitted to not grasping the full impact of the incident, where they failed to fulfil a fixture against Arklow Town FC, and they apologised for their part in that.”
“Ballybrack FC will accept all sanctions handed down by the League and have thanked Arklow Town for their support throughout this process.”
“The League have ruled that sanctions – which match FAI Rules – have been imposed on Ballybrack FC for failing to fulfil the fixture. The club has been sanctioned for bringing the game into disrepute, and the individual involved is also sanctioned for bringing the game into disrepute.
“All correspondences between the League and the club will remain private, but the League can confirm that Ballybrack FC were not removed from the league altogether.”
“The League would like to appeal to the media and the general public to respect the privacy of the former club volunteer involved in the incident, who made an error that they have privately apologised for.”
“The League will not be making any further public comment on this issue.”