Friday 19 January 2018

Masterson avoids eight-week ban

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

WEXFORD'S Anthony Masterson has avoided an eight-week ban after his letter of apology was accepted by the Central Competitions Control Committee.

The goalkeeper made the apology after describing Longford official Derek Fahy as "the world's worst referee" in the aftermath of their championship exit at the hands of Limerick when the Treaty men were awarded a point after a controversial free.

Masterson could have been punished under Rule 7.2 (e), which governs 'misconduct considered to have discredited the association', but the CCCC were understood to have been reluctant to go down that route. Whether this course of action sets a precedent for similar situations in the future remains to be seen.

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) welcomed the decision which clears Masterson to play for his Castletown club against Starlights tonight, but they insisted a need for a forum where players can air their views constructively remains.

"After looking at the response to the public dressing down, from a player's point of view, its disappointing the issue was made public," said spokesperson Sean Potts.

Meanwhile, both Kerry and Mayo will change their colours when they meet in the All-Ireland senior football semi-final on Sunday week.

The Kingdom will wear the navy kit they used in the quarter-final win over Limerick, while their Connacht opponents will wear a predominantly red shirt with green trim, which was already donned this year in their Connacht opener against London.

Elsewhere, Leitrim's Declan Maxwell and Sligo's Kenneth Sweeney have transferred to London clubs, but it is unclear if they will throw their lot in with the Exiles' county side.

Meath officials will meet with members of the GAA's National Infrastructure and Safety Committee (NICS) in the coming weeks to discuss the future capacity of Pairc Tailteann.

Irish Independent

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