All Ireland Ladies Football club champions, Carnacon are to be reinstated into the Mayo club championship, according to media reports tonight.
The current All Ireland club champions were thrown out of the Mayo LGFA league and championship last month following a dispute that saw eight Carnacon ladies leave the inter-county panel before their championship opener, citing “welfare issues”.
The Connacht LGFA Council Appeals Committee reinstated the club but the Mayo LGFA later announced that it would be appealing the decision.
According to Off The Ball’s Maire Treasa Ni Cheallaigh, the team have been allowed to remain in the competitions but will be fined €500.
The eight players who left the county panel will also be suspended.
Sooo… have just heard that it has been agreed in Mayo that Carnacon staying in. Carnacon to be fined 500 Euro and suspending 8 players who left county panel for 4 weeks @offtheball #mayoladies #mayolgfa
— MáireT (@MaireTNC) September 18, 2018
The players who left the panel, including veterns Cora Staunton and Fiona McHale, spoke out as a group for the first time today, citing “lack of communication” and being “undermined” and “intimidated” as the reasons for the mass departure.
“Secondly, our reasons for stepping away from the Mayo panel were related to player welfare issues that were personal, and were sensitive.”
“Specifically, a number of players but most notably our captain Sarah Tierney has endured an extremely difficult relationship with the Mayo manager over the 2018 season.”
“Ultimately our issues related to a lack of communication, being undermined, intimidated, feeling isolated and eventually helpless in the entire situation.”
“Mayo LGFA County Board Executive believe the time is now right to issue a statement regarding the player walkout from the Mayo Ladies Senior Football panel in July 2018. We wish firstly to state, that we are endorsing Peter Leahy and his management team, as Mayo Senior Ladies management for the upcoming season and beyond and offer them our full support.”
“We wish to thank Peter, his management team, and their respective families for their patience, integrity and dignity throughout this episode since July. The County Board also wish to thank the Mayo Senior Players who remained on the panel for the three remaining Intercounty championship games this year and commend them for their performances under immense emotional pressures and in some cases, intimidation.”
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