Sunday 18 February 2018

Westmeath to lodge racism complaint

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

WESTMEATH are to lodge an official complaint with the GAA over the alleged racist abuse of one of their players in a recent Leinster MFC game against Meath.

Full-back Israel Ilunga was sent off in that match but had his red card rescinded on appeal to the Leinster Council mid-week.

Westmeath officials would not comment on the case yesterday and it is understood they are deliberately holding their fire in order not to distract from their team's Leinster MFC final appearance against Kildare tomorrow.

However, it is believed that once that game is over, they intend taking the case as far as possible. They are particularly concerned because the alleged incident happened to an underage player.

Meanwhile, Jack Brady returns to Cavan team for tonight's qualifier against Fermanagh, releasing Ronan Flanagan back to defence.

Fermanagh are expected to include fit-again Daryl Keenan for his first championship game in two years.

The draws for the third and fourth-round of the football qualifiers and the hurling quarter-finals will be broadcast live on RTE Radio 1 on Monday morning (8.30).

The winners of today's round-two football qualifiers will go into a bowl along with Galway, Tyrone, Laois and Derry for the draw for the third round, which will be played on July 20.

Each of the third-round pairings will then be drawn to play a beaten provincial finalist in the fourth round on July 27/28, with the CCCC to decide the venues for those games.

Galway and Cork or Limerick will be pitted against Clare/Wexford and Kilkenny/Waterford in the hurling quarter-finals.

These will be played on July 29. Repeat pairings will be avoided where possible, so if both Cork and Clare progress the quarter-finals it will be Cork v Kilkenny/Waterford and Clare v Galway.

Irish Independent

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