Thursday 25 May 2017

Tyrone reject sledging claim 'in strongest possible terms'

Tyrone last night strongly rejected allegations that one of their players had taunted a Donegal minor player over the death of his father from cancer
Tyrone last night strongly rejected allegations that one of their players had taunted a Donegal minor player over the death of his father from cancer
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tyrone last night strongly rejected allegations that one of their players had taunted a Donegal minor player over the death of his father from cancer.

The firm denial by Tyrone county board is the latest development in the row over allegations that Donegal captain Michael Carroll had been subjected to verbal abuse during their Ulster MFC game in Ballybofey on Sunday.

Former All-Ireland winner Declan Bonner, manager of the Donegal team which won the match by 1-11 to 0-8, was one of the people to raise the allegation of sledging.

Tyrone last night said they had carried out an investigation into the allegation and could not find any substance to it, and that they did not condone sledging.

A statement said: "Due to persistent allegations circulating in the media, some of which have been attributed to the Donegal minor football manager, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain has conducted an investigation, involving its management and players and would refute in the strongest possible terms that a comment was made by any of its players to a Donegal player regarding the death of his father in 2014.

"Tyrone GAA in no way condone 'sledging' and the managers and coaches of all our county teams actively discourage this practice."

Meanwhile, Killian Clarke has been ruled out of Cavan's Ulster SFC quarter-final clash with Monaghan tomorrow with a hamstring injury, but all of the starting 15 have tasted Championship football.

Cavan- C Gilsenan; J McLoughlin, R Dunne, R Flanagan; J McEnroe, F Flanagan, D O'Reilly; T Corr, G McKiernan; D McVeety, M Argue, M Reilly; C Mackey, M Dunne, N McDermott.

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