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Dungarvan GAA apologise for 'mishandling' Covid-19 case after player features in final while waiting for test result

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Waterford GAA will investiagte the Covid-19 controversy surrounding last weekend's intermediate county final. (stock photo)

Waterford GAA will investiagte the Covid-19 controversy surrounding last weekend's intermediate county final. (stock photo)

Waterford GAA will investiagte the Covid-19 controversy surrounding last weekend's intermediate county final. (stock photo)

DUNGARVAN have apologised for their "mishandling" of the coronavirus case that mired the GAA club in controversy over the weekend.

One of their footballers played in last Saturday’s Waterford intermediate final victory over Kill – and subsequently discovered that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

"Following a review of the club’s handling of the recent case, where a player tested positive for Covid-19 after the game was played, it has been identified that errors were made by the club in the interpretation of the Covid-19 guidelines and the club wish to sincerely apologise for its mishandling of this situation," a statement outlined.

"As a club we wish to stress that the player involved was following the club’s interpretation of the guidelines and advice at all times, did not attend any of the post-match celebrations, and was acting in good faith."

The statement continued: "Notwithstanding that the club are aggrieved at the speculation appearing on local and social media which has led to some of our members being vilified through no fault of their own, we respectfully ask that people be mindful when making comments on these platforms as the team members are our friends and family and we support them on and off the pitch in good times and bad.

"As a club we are continuing to work with the HSE on the matter and will continue to follow their guidance."

Waterford county board chairman Sean Michael O’Regan indicated that they would have looked favourably on granting a postponement – if they had known of the issue in advance.

"There’s no getting away from the fact that he got tested, I believe on the Thursday; results came back on the Sunday; and in between he played the county final on the Saturday, which is disappointing," O’Regan said.


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