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Roscommon reopen Cork player strike row

Updated: Monday, 17 Mar 2008 08:43

Roscommon boss John Maughan was furious that his side had to play Cork, while Dublin and Meath were given walkovers
Roscommon boss John Maughan was furious that his side had to play Cork, while Dublin and Meath were given walkovers

The fall-out from Cork's fractious player strike took another twist today with the news that Roscommon county board have appeal the Rebel County’s participation in the Allianz National Football League.

The Competitions Control Committee (CCC) recently announced that Cork would forfeit their league points after failing to fulfil the opening fixtures against Meath and Dublin.

However, Roscommon were incensed that they, and others in Division Two, were forced to play Cork.

Roscommon lost their clash a fortnight ago.

Roscommon county board secretary Seamus Maher today confirmed that they are set to pursue the matter.

'We had a county board meeting during the week, and delegates expressed real anger regarding the outcome of the Cork dispute,' said Maher.

'We were mandated by delegates to pursue the matter. We have since sought clarification from the CCC of their decision regarding the ruling of the dispute, and based on their reply we believe the rules were not properly applied.

'Our action is not in any way against Cork but against the system and procedures. We have appealed on the basis that Rules 136 and 116 were not properly applied in this instance.'

The appeal will now be heard by another Croke Park committee, likely to be the Central Appeals Committee (CAC), and it could result in the final standings in Division Two remaining in doubt even after all the regulation games have taken place.

Roscommon manager John Maughan has already been strongly critical of the scenario whereby Meath and Dublin get two points each without having to play against Cork.

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