Wednesday 18 October 2017

Munster boycott threat for 2014 football championship

The parade at this year's Munster final
The parade at this year's Munster final
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

FOOTBALLERS from Clare, Tipperary, Limerick and Waterford have united in a demand that the Munster Council's decision to grant Kerry and Cork preferential treatment in the 2014 senior provincial championship draw be rescinded.

They have also warned that "failure to address these issues will mean that we will have to consider further action". It's understood that could include discussion on a possible boycott of next year's championships.

Following a meeting in Tipperary town on Tuesday night, the players' representatives have written to their respective county boards, urging them to seek an emergency meeting of the Munster Council and to support the call to overturn the controversial move which will allow Cork and Kerry direct access to the Munster semi-final, where they will be kept apart.

In the letter to their county boards, the players argue that the seeded draw, as decided on by the Munster Council last week, bestows an unfair advantage on Cork and Kerry in both the provincial and All-Ireland championships and, in their opinion, "serves no purpose bar financial gain."

They also claim that Munster Council delegates did not have a clear mandate to change the system as alternative options were not explored by various counties.

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