Donegal minor team to fight eight-week bans following Armagh clash
Donegal look set to challenge a number of eight-week suspensions which threaten to derail their Ulster minor football challenge this year.
Two prominent players and two members of the backroom team have had the suspensions proposed by the Ulster Council's Competition Controls Committee after an investigation into an incident at half-time in their recent provincial quarter-final victory over Armagh at the Athletic Grounds.
The investigation focused on an alleged altercation between the players and team officials with a match official who had sought to gain access to the Donegal dressing-room to serve notice of their timekeeping ahead of the resumption of the game.
Donegal are among the favourites for Ulster and All-Ireland success this year and the loss of the two players in particular would be a significant blow.
Donegal issued a statement yesterday confirming they had communication from the Ulster Council on the matter but would be refraining from comment as they considered contesting the proposed charges.
The Donegal minors have already been in the eye of one storm in this year's Ulster Championship when allegations of verbal abuse towards one of their players was made after their opening Ulster Championship match against Tyrone in Ballybofey.
Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner said he would rather walk away from the game than be part of something so "toxic".
Tyrone subsequently issued a statement saying they had conducted their own investigation and were in a position to "refute in the strongest possible terms" that the alleged remark to the Donegal player had been made.
The Donegal seniors, meanwhile, are back in the Athletic Grounds on Sunday to face Armagh in an Ulster quarter-final and report a clean bill of health.