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Relegation counties appeal to DRA

Updated: Friday, 24 Jul 2009 21:59

Antrim and Offaly are two of the sides involved in the relegation series
Antrim and Offaly are two of the sides involved in the relegation series

All four counties involved in Saturday's All-Ireland hurling championship relegation semi-finals have made a last-ditch appeal to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) to stop the games going ahead, writes RTÉ’s Gaelic Games correspondent Jonathan Mullin.

Antrim are due to play Offaly with Clare down to take on Wexford in tomorrow's games.

Both losing teams would then play-off to see which of the quartet would be relegated from the Liam McCarthy Cup for 2010.

However, with Antrim adamant that they have been promised three years' participation in the Leinster championship, the play-offs have been clouded in controversy.

A meeting of the GAA's Management Committee last Friday decreed that the games go ahead this weekend despite opposition from all four counties.

Earlier this afternoon Croke Park received notice of a challenge to the DRA.

The hearing will take place in Dundalk at 8.00pm this evening and while Antrim have made the running on the appeal, all four counties will take part.

The DRA will post their decision on their website, www.sportsdra.ie.

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