Tuesday 24 April 2018

Leitrim fined €400 after saving €18,000

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LEITRIM will be fined €400 for failing to fulfil their outstanding Division 4 Allianz Football League fixture with London this weekend.

But given what it would have cost them to play it, that punishment represents a considerable saving.

"We have informed Croke Park and fully understand we are in breach of rule, but it would have cost up to €18,000 to travel over again," said county secretary Diarmuid Sweeney.

"If it had been a home game, or if the result was going to impact on anyone else, then, of course, we would have fulfilled the fixture.

"But the result isn't going to affect anyone else and we did travel once already to play the original fixture."

Leitrim were originally due to play the Exiles in the third round of the league on February 20 and travelled over only for the game to be called off because the pitch in Ruislip was waterlogged.

The GAA rearranged the fixture for this coming weekend, but the rest of the games in Division 4 are all complete and the result would not change the final placings, which see Leitrim third-last on six points and London second-last (on two points) ahead of winless Kilkenny.

Leitrim, who play Sligo in their Connnacht Football Championship opener on May 22, have opted to use the weekend to play off the third round of their county league club fixtures.

Rule 6.37 of the Official Guide states that the penalty for an unfulfilled league fixture is the awarding of the game to the opposition and a €400 fine.

Irish Independent

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