Wednesday 18 October 2017

Queen's appeal Sigerson bans after another eligibility storm

QUB manager James McCartan. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/ Sportsfile
QUB manager James McCartan. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/ Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Sigerson Cup has been engulfed in another eligibility storm as three members of Queen's University tonight appeal three-month bans handed down to them over the weekend by the GAA's CHC.

Former Down manager James McCartan, the current Queen's boss, and Armagh's Ciaron O'Hanlon are seeking to rescind the ban ahead of Thursday's quarter-final against UL after they didn't make personal appearances for their hearings.

O'Hanlon, former Down star Martin Clarke and Gregory McCabe were all initially banned for three months by the GAA's Higher Education governing body after being deemed ineligible.

Consequently, Queen's, McCartan and the chairman and secretary also faced the same penalty.

But Queen's, the secretary and McCabe had those bans rescinded while Clarke's case has been adjourned as his reason for not attending the weekend hearing was accepted.

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