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Mary I appeal casts shadow on Fitzgibbon


Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan

Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan

Mary Immaculate College manager Eamon Cregan

The independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup final, due to be played this weekend, is under serious threat after Mary Immaculate College of Education confirmed their intention to bring their case to the Disputes Resolutions Authority (DRA).

Mary I were replaced in the last eight of the competition by IT Carlow after they successfully appealed their expulsion for fielding an illegal player.

After a marathon meeting that ran into the early hours of last Thursday morning, the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) agreed that James Gannon was eligible to line out for the DJ Carey-managed side.

The third level governing body had previously decided that Gannon didn't meet the required criteria to play in the competition.

Their reinstatement saw Eamonn Cregan's Mary I side replaced in the quarter-finals; after meeting over the weekend, they have decided to bring their case to the highest authority.

The decision to appeal is likely to see the two remaining quarter-finals that are down for decision today postponed until a later date.

Third-level chiefs were last night awaiting instruction from the DRA before officially calling off the fixtures between Limerick IT and IT Carlow, and Waterford IT v Dublin IT.

Any further postponement of the competition would surely throw the traditional weekend format, which is to be hosted by LIT, into doubt.

UL have already progressed to one semi-final with Cork IT in the other. Both last four games are due to be played on Friday, with the final down for decision on Saturday night in the Gaelic Grounds.

The Sigerson Cup was also dogged by an eligibility row that saw both Sligo IT and Queens kicked out of the tournament for fielding illegal players. However, both teams were later cleared of any wrongdoing.

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