Mayo withdraw from FBD league final

Updated: Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 22:37 | Comments

Andy Moran and Mayo will not make the trip to New York
Andy Moran and Mayo will not make the trip to New York

The Mayo county board have announced that their senior football team will not fulfil their FBD league final fixture in New York on 7 October.

Mayo, who were beaten in the All-Ireland football final by Donegal last Sunday, have blamed fixture congestion and player unavailability for the decision.

A statement from the board read: "Our involvement in the FBD league final, the abandoned national league game against Dublin and the re-fixture, the national league semi final and final, as well as our involvement in the All Ireland football final last week has had a major impact on club fixtures.

"In order to ensure the involvement of Mayo clubs in the Connacht club championships, we have had to reschedule our senior and intermediate football championship semi finals and ten of our present panel are involved in these games."

The statement continued: "Three of our present panel have also played for other teams in the FBD league and are therefore unavailable to play for Mayo. A further ten players are unavailable to travel due to family and work commitments, which is understandable after their commitment over the last nine months.

“We realise the time and effort that the Connacht Council and the New York County Board have put into arranging this fixture, and it is with the deepest regret that we have had to take this decision."

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