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Cork squad explain actions in letter

Updated: Thursday, 12 Feb 2009 13:02

The 2008 Cork squad are standing firm in their dispute with the County Board
The 2008 Cork squad are standing firm in their dispute with the County Board

The 2008 Cork hurling squad have issued a letter through the GPA to players across the country to explain their reasons for their ongoing strike action.

The players penned the correspondence to counter what they claim are 'misleading' reports about their problems with the Cork County Board and current manager Gerald McCarthy.

Click here to read the statement in full

The letter, signed by goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack on behalf of the 2008 squad, criticises media claims that there has been any 'intimidation' of younger members of last year's squad to side with more established stars such as Óg Cusack and Seán Óg Ó h'Ailpín.

The letter states that all decisions have been reached through consensus, and that there will be no ill-feeling should any individual players decide to re-join the squad under McCarthy's stewardship.

The players are also keen to express that they have no desire to select their own manager, but insist they will not play under McCarthy, who they claim has 'personalised' the dispute.

The letter is deeply critical of the Cork County Board, and calls on club members on Leeside to 'take back control of the GAA in their county'.

This latest development is sure to deepen the crisis within the county as a third-string side prepare to face Tipperary in Allianz NHl Division 1 under lights at Semple Stadium on Saturday night.

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