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The Munster Senior League season may have concluded, but the destination of this year’s trophy is still unclear due to a controversial issue involving an illegal player.
Intermediate Cup champions Avondale finished the season on 41 points, one ahead of University College Cork (40) but the league has become embroiled in controversy over another Munster Senior League team playing an illegal player.
Leeds AFC of Ballyvolane were docked points after the Munster Senior League deemed the club to have played an illegal player. The docking of said points had implications for both sides of the table, as the Ballyvolane club fell through the relegation trapdoor, one point behind College Corinthians.
The decision by the Munster Senior League to award Everton three points from their tie with Leeds has led to a number of clubs questioning why they were not treated similarly. University College Cork, unbeaten all year, drew 1-1 with Leeds, yet the Munster Senior League has refused to award the college the full three points.
This decision has had a massive bearing on the destination of the Premier Division title, as Noel Healy’s side (John Caulfield left to take over as Cork City boss) finished behind ‘league champions’ Avondale by the narrowest of margins.
The college needed to beat Avondale to stand a chance of winning the league, and did so comfortably in midweek by beating the side 4-1. The MSL presented Avondale with the Premier Division trophy after the game.
Representatives of University College Cork attended the Munster Senior League (MSL) AGM this week to plead their case, but the MSL refused to listen to their appeal.
Pundit Arena has learned that a number of unnamed clubs in the division were planning on lodging an appeal with the MSL, but decided against doing so after escaping relegation. College Corinthians and Midleton finished above Leeds in the table by one and two points, respectively.
Pundit Arena has also learned that Leeds AFC are unhappy with the MSL’s decision to strip them of valuable points, as they feel they have done nothing wrong and that the issue is an administrative error. We also expect them to lodge a complaint, as they were relegated as a result of the MSL’s decision.
UCC lodged a formal complaint via registered post on Thursday and the MSL are expected to receive the letter on Friday. We spoke to the MSL operating secretary Sean O’Sullivan but he refused to comment, saying that it “is an internal matter” and that the MSL “have not received” any formal complaint.
We will be speaking to the MSL at 5;30pm, so stay tuned to Pundit Arena for the latest on this developing story.
Update: We spoke with Munster Senior League honorary secretary Sean O’Sullivan this evening but he was quite tight-lipped.
When pressed whether the MSL had received the correspondence from UCC regarding their formal complaint, O’Sullivan said “correspondence when received will be discussed by the management committee and that’s all we have to say about that. It’s an internal matter for the Munster Senior League.”
We continued to ask O’Sullivan about the registered letter sent by UCC and he finally acknowledged that it had been received, saying “correspondence has been received. That’s it and it will be dealt with by the management committee.”
When questioning O’Sullivan about the date of a potential committee meeting, he said that nothing had been scheduled yet as “it is a holiday weekend and people are on holidays.”
Pundit Arena will continue to cover the story until the issue has been resolved.