Monday 20 November 2017

Fennell twist - Dublin midfielder may take case to European court

Dublin midfielder Eamon Fennell has waged a long battle to transfer
from his club O'Tooles. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Dublin midfielder Eamon Fennell has waged a long battle to transfer from his club O'Tooles. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THERE was a further twist to the Eamon Fennell transfer saga yesterday following the latest refusal of his bid to switch from O'Tooles to St Vincent's - a development that could put the Dublin midfielder on the road to the European courts.

Fennell has previously stated that he would consider taking legal action to force the transfer and with the Irish legal system often reluctant to intervene in disputes between sports governing bodies and their members, Fennell may be forced to consider bringing a challenge to the European courts.

The considerable expense involved in such a move would be an obvious deterrent, but throughout this controversy, the Dublin star has remained steadfast in his belief that he should have the right to transfer to a new club.

The 26-year-old can still appeal the latest decision by Dublin's transfer committee to the county's management committee, but he has failed in his bid there previously.

It's also understood that O'Tooles, who cleared the way for Fennell to play for Dublin last year even though he refused to line out for them, are less likely to waive that right this time around.

Early yesterday, Fennell reiterated his desire to make the switch to the Marino side and suggested the time could be right for the GAA's top brass to get involved. "I'm hoping Croke Park could step into this case because it's going on for over four years," he said.

"I think I have served my penance. Everyone knows all I wanted to do was play football. It was never a case that it was me versus O'Tooles. It probably got a bit spiteful there for a while, but I want to get back playing football. I want to get back playing club football.

"I won't be going back to O'Tooles. I have made that clear on numerous occasions with them and with the county board. I don't see how they could think I am going to go back after the way things have gone."

Fennell admitted that he had been approached by a number of clubs from "outside the county," but remains steadfast in his desire to move to St Vincent's.

"I am 100pc dedicated to going to Vincent's and I am going to do whatever it takes to get there," he vowed.

Irish Independent

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