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Cooney: Wrong call made on Rory

GAA president Christy Cooney has said that Rory O'Carroll should not have been stopped from lining out with the Dublin under-21 hurlers in their Leinster final clash with Wexford last Wednesday.

The Kilmacud Crokes man was pulled from the team by Dublin senior football management due to the proximity of the match with the All-Ireland SFC qualifier just three days later while there was a similar situation in Cork where Ciarán Sheehan and Aidan Walsh were forbidden from playing under-21 hurling against Tipperary last week.

Speaking yesterday, Cooney was adamant that the wrong call was made in both instances.

"My view is that there should be no player stopped from playing within their own grade, irrespective of anything else. They should be allowed to play and it's important that they would play. I'm not just talking about a Cork situation, I'm talking about every place. There was an issue in Dublin, as well. I believe players should be allowed to play within their grade. "

Cooney also said that the chairman of the respective county boards should take ownership of such situations should they arise in future.

"I think that's the role that county boards have and county chairmen in particular," he added. "They need to be saying that. If people make themselves available and want to play the game, they should be allowed to play the game."

GLENN RYAN will continue as Longford senior football manager for another year after his tenure was extended by the county board last night.

Ryan's initial two-year term elapsed after Longford's round two qualifier exit to Down earlier this month.

However, it was decided at a county board meeting last night to ratify the former Kildare centre-back for 2011 though it was also decided that he change his backroom team before next season.


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