Thursday 5 December 2019

Shore facing 48-week ban for playing without transfer

Shore has told Wexford officials and county manager Liam Dunne that he believed his transfer papers were in order but Warwickshire decided otherwise at a meeting last weekend. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Shore has told Wexford officials and county manager Liam Dunne that he believed his transfer papers were in order but Warwickshire decided otherwise at a meeting last weekend. Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Cliona Foley

WEXFORD half-back Andrew Shore is facing a year's ban from all GAA activities for allegedly playing a tournament game in Britain without the proper transfer.

Shore, who plays his club hurling and football with Dublin outfit Parnells, started for Wexford in all of their games en route to last summer's All-Ireland quarter-finals, usually at centre or wing-back.

The Warwickshire county board has just recommended that he get a 48-week ban which, if it stands, will bar him from playing for club or county for a full year.

For any home-based player to play in Britain, even for a once-off tournament, they must complete an inter-county transfer.

Shore has told Wexford officials and county manager Liam Dunne that he believed his transfer papers were in order but Warwickshire decided otherwise at a meeting last weekend.

Wexford chairman Diarmuid Devereux confirmed that he has spoken to the player about it, but no paperwork has yet been received from Britain to confirm the ban and it could yet go to Dublin's board, because that is his club base.

Shore looks likely to have to take his case to the Central Appeals Committee and, if unsuccessful there, to the GAA's so-called 'Mercy Committee' where players who have served lengthy bans seek reinstatement.

Kerry club Glenbeigh/Glencar have recently had one of their players, who lives in the UK but still plays for them, banned for 48 weeks for playing for a Leicester-based club in the St Jude's 'Sevens'.

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He has argued that he didn't think the tournament represented an officially sanctioned competition but, so far, his appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

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