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Sunday 20 April 2014

Cunningham: Racial abuse verdict 'a mockery'

THE father of the Crossmaglen player allegedly racially abused in last month's Ulster club SFC final has hit out at the sanction the Ulster Council handed out.

Aaron Cunningham made the allegation in the wake of the Armagh side's win over Down outfit Kilcoo and his father, Joey, has hit out at what he considers a lenient response.

Kilcoo player Aidan Branagan is reported to have had his six-month ban cut to four, while a second player is understood to have had his four-month ban overturned. "I'm definitely not happy with this verdict," Joey Cunningham said yesterday. "I would like to ask the question as to why the six months (ban) was rounded down to four months.

"For them to round it down to four months makes a mockery of this issue that they are trying to sort out.

"This verdict is really, really disappointing from my point of view.

"The Ulster Council made all the right noises and said all the right things after this happened, so what I'm hearing at the moment is very disappointing."

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