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Mayo ladies coach hit with five-year ban for ref incident






Mayo's ladies football coach Kevin Walsh has been hit with a massive five-year ban for alleged verbal abuse of a referee.

The exchange reportedly took place at the end of a recent National League game between Mayo and Kerry in Castlebar.

Referee John Niland complained at the time to local officials and outlined his grievance in his subsequent match report.

Walsh was invited before the national disciplinary committee at a meeting in Tullamore last week.

Mayo ladies board had a representative at the meeting but Walsh did not attend it, which may have contributed to the unprecedented length of his suspension.

The Mayo board has also been fined €600 and it is believed that some of that fine is attributable to Walsh's no-show.

Mayo chairperson Yvonne McEvilly said last night that the board will not contest the fine.

She said they have not been able to contact Walsh since receiving notice of his suspension so it is not yet clear if he intends to appeal it.

"There was an incident after the Kerry game, the referee reported it and the National Disciplinary body dealt with it," McEvilly said.

"We discussed it at our county board meeting during the week and everyone in Mayo football is of the same mind. Nobody involved in Mayo ladies football condones such behaviour."

Mayo lost to Galway in the last round of the Tesco Ladies National League last weekend and did not make the Division 1 semi-finals.

Elsewhere, the Mayo men's senior football team flew to Portugal yesterday for a six-day training camp.

They failed to make the league play-offs and their next game is not until a Connacht semi-final on June 21.

Irish Independent