Saturday 24 March 2018

Fury as Griffin dropped

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

A CLUB in Galway is furious that one of their players, Anthony Griffin, has been dropped from the county senior football panel because he lined out for them last weekend.

With their Connacht SFC opener against New York on Sunday week, Galway senior manager Joe Kernan had directed several injured players not to play for their clubs in the first round of the local senior football league last weekend.

Griffin, who had stitches in his hand, was one of them.

He starred at midfield for Galway's 2007 All-Ireland-winning minors and when his newly-promoted club Leitir Moir asked him to line out for them, against Mountbellew, he obliged. But, as a result, the Galway senior management have dropped him.

"It seems very harsh that a player would be dropped for playing for his club," a Leitir Moir club source said yesterday. "It is not like he was out late, or in a nightclub or anything.

"We were very careful to check Anthony medically and our physio ruled on Saturday that he was OK to play," he stressed. "His hand was well bandaged and protected and he had no problems. He was actually marking Joe Bergin.

"We understand that the Galway management feel their authority was undermined but we genuinely wouldn't have played him if we knew the consequences would be so serious for him," he added.

"We are probably the ones to blame because we asked Anthony to play and he obliged."

Griffin was one of three Leitir Moir players on the county senior panel but, unlike goalkeeper Eoin O Conghaigle and Fiachra Breathnach, he did not feature during the league.

Meanwhile, because the volcano ash problem stopped New York's minors travelling to Ireland yesterday, the Galway minors' Connacht opener against the Exiles has been postponed to May 9 in Pearse Stadium (6.30).

Irish Independent

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