Thursday 14 December 2017

Tyrone strongly deny that their players taunted Donegal minor over the death of his father

Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner
Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner

The Tyrone County Board has refuted 'in the strongest possible terms" that any of their players were involved in an alleged sledging incident during a minor game with Donegal last weekend.

The statement comes after Donegal manager Declan Bonner told The Donegal News that one of his players, Micheal Carroll (17) was taunted by two opposition players in relation to his father's death from cancer.

The accusation prompted outrage in GAA circles but the claims have been completely denied.

But in a statement, Tyrone GAA said: "Due to persistent allegations circulating in the media, some of which have been attributed to the Donegal Minor football manager, regarding verbal abuse during the Tyrone v Donegal Ulster Minor Football Championship match, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain has conducted an investigation, involving its management and players.

"As a result of the investigation undertaken it would refute in the strongest possible terms that a comment was made by any of its players to a Donegal player regarding the death of his father in 2014. Tyrone GAA in no way condone 'sledging' and the managers and coaches of all our county teams, from Acadamh Thir Eoghain to Senior, actively discourage this practice.

"Tyrone GAA congratulates both Donegal teams on their victories on Sunday in Ballybofey, wishing them well in the remainder of their 2015 campaigns and would express our deepest sympathies to the player on his loss."

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