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Davy Fitzgerald's Clare side face another huge test against Kilkenny on Sunday

Davy Fitzgerald's Clare side face another huge test against Kilkenny on Sunday

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Davy Fitzgerald's Clare side face another huge test against Kilkenny on Sunday

The Clare hurling squad and management have moved to quell rumblings of discontent in the camp, arising from the departure of two players from the panel.

The controversy erupted late last week after Davy O'Halloran, a former U-21 star, and Nicky O'Connell, an All-Ireland senior medal winner in 2013, left the squad.

O'Halloran claimed in a newspaper interview that he had been humiliated by the treatment meted out to him by management, arising from an alleged breach of discipline.

However, the rest of the panel, together with the team management, issued a statement yesterday, explaining that they had discussed "recent disciplinary issues that have been aired in the public domain."

They insisted that all involved were happy that the matter had been dealt with fairly.

"While there are numerous inaccuracies reported in the media, on social media and in a former player's statement, the matter is now closed and we, as a group, are happy to move forward united and to continue to enjoy working hard for Clare hurling," concluded the statement.

It was signed by Patrick Donnellan and Cian Dillon on behalf of the players and by Davy Fitzgerald, Louis Mulqueen and Michael Browne on behalf of the management.

It's understood that the discussions involving the squad and management took place before training in Sixmilebridge on St Patrick's Day.

After losing their opening three league games, Clare recorded their first win last Saturday, beating Dublin. They face another huge rest against Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Sunday.

They are still in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals but if Sunday's various results go against them, they will play Kilkenny again a week later in a relegation play-off.

The camp will now be hoping that their clear-the-air statement puts the latest controversy behind them.

Irish Independent