Friday 17 November 2017

Mayo rule out making official complaint to Croke park over Cork incident

Kieran Donaghy battles for possession with Mayo's Donal Vaughan.
Kieran Donaghy battles for possession with Mayo's Donal Vaughan.
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MAYO discussed the possibility of lodging a formal complaint to Croke Park about how one of their injured players was manhandled by a Cork opponent last weekend.

But they have decided against it because they did not want it to be misinterpreted as sour grapes after their Division 1 Allianz League final loss to the Rebels.

Mayo were furious about the incident and felt it was a potentially dangerous situation.

It occurred when Donal Vaughan went to ground and appeared to have taken an accidental knock to the head from a stray elbow or boot.

Cork defender Noel O'Leary, believing Vaughan was feigning injury, tried to pull him up off the ground before one of his team-mates intervened and stopped him.

The Rebel defender received heavy post-match criticism for the way in which he manhandled an injured opponent before he had been attended by team medics.

Mayo were particularly annoyed that RTE's highlight package did not mention it, but instead saw Joe Brolly berate Vaughan for alleged 'diving' later in the game. But they have decided that a complaint could be misinterpreted and have decided to let the matter rest.

Monaghan u-turn on championship snub

Monaghan hurlers will contest the Nicky Rackard Cup after all and have begun preparations under a new management team this week, WRITES COLM KEYS.

Former Kildare manager Morgan Lawlor has taken over in an interim capacity and will take charge for their first game next weekend.

Monaghan did not field a team for the recent hurling league Division 3 final against Fingal after a stand-off with its County Board over club football fixtures which were scheduled four days before that final was due to be played.

Manager Mattie Lennon stepped down on a point of principle and despite meetings with the Board to find a solution, the players initially backed Lennon and refused to play under a different management.

At the time it was predicted that their season could be over with little sign of a resolution.

Irish Independent

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