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Tyrone deny sledging allegation
22 May 2015 18:06
Tyrone’s county board have rejected allegations that one of their players taunted a Donegal opponent over the death of his father during Sunday’s Ulster Minor Football Championship clash in Ballybofey.
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Donegal minor boss Declan Bonner was one of a number of individuals to contend that captain Michael Carroll had suffered verbal abuse over the loss of his father to cancer last year.
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All-Ireland winner Bonner even suggested he could walk away from the game in the aftermath of the alleged incident during the Ulster champions 1-11 to 0-08 win over Tyrone.
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However, the Red Hands have been robust in denying the allegations, releasing a statement on Friday which read: “Due to persistent allegations circulating in the media, some of which have been attributed to the Donegal minor football manager, regarding verbal abuse during the Tyrone v Donegal Ulster Minor Football Championship match, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain has conducted an investigation, involving its management and players.
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“As a result of the investigation undertaken, it would refute in the strongest possible terms that a comment was made by any of its players to a Donegal player regarding the death of his father in 2014.”
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“Tyrone GAA in no way condone 'sledging' and the managers and coaches of all our county teams, from Acadamh Thir Eoghain to Senior, actively discourage this practice.
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“Tyrone GAA congratulates both Donegal teams on their victories on Sunday in Ballybofey, wishing them well in the remainder of their 2015 campaigns and would express our deepest sympathies to the player on his loss.”
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