Wexford GAA deny star midfielder left off panel for Dublin game due to clerical error
The Wexford hurlers started the 2016 championship in disappointing fashion with a 13-point loss to Dublin in the Leinster hurling quarter-final.
Liam Dunne's men never really look like winning during their 2-19 to 0-12 defeat, but their chances of victory were considerably weakened due to the absence of top midfielder Lee Chin.
Chin was carrying a knee injury in the run-up to Saturday's game and wasn't included in the 26 man panel. After the dispiriting defeat, reports emerged that Chin had in fact proved his fitness but an administrative error saw his name left off the squad list, which meant Dunne had to tell his player that he could not take part.
GAA rules dictate that a 26-man squad list must be submitted by 9am on the Thursday before a game. Once the squad is sent in, only a goalkeeper or sub-goalkeeper can be added. Failure to submit the list on team can result in a one game sideline ban for the manager and/or a maximum fine for the county board of €1000.
According to Wexford GAA secretary Margaret Doyle, although Lee Chin was declared fit to play by the medical team, it was after the 9am deadline, which is why he didn't take part.
"That is not the case, absolutely not," Doyle told Independent.ie when asked whether Chin's absence was due to his name being accidentally left off the squad list.
"Lee Chin was not fit on Wednesday evening and the squad list was submitted on Thursday at 9am. Later on Thursday Lee Chin was passed fit by the medical team but by then it was too late [to add him] and he was unable to take part."
While Wexford fans will be disappointed that Chin couldn't help the team against Dublin, he is set to be available when the team begin their qualifier campaign later this summer.