The Monaghan hurlers have withdrawn from Sunday's Allianz Hurling League Division 3A final with the Farney board confirming they will not fulfil the fixture.
The Monaghan players have taken the decision because of issues relating to intermediate club football matches set for Wednesday night are resolved.
Manager Mattie Lennon has already resigned over the fixtures dispute and now the players are supporting Lennon and not playing this weekend.
The squad issued a lengthy statement through the Gaelic Players Association on Monday clarifying their position on Sunday’s fixture and future involvement in the Nicky Rackard Cup.
The statement read: “The Monaghan Senior Hurling Squad will withdraw from Sunday’s Hurling League Division 3A final if a solution cannot be found regarding the Monaghan Co Board’s decision to fix a number of intermediate club football matches for Wednesday April 11, four days before the league final.
“The County Board has also refused to give a guarantee to the County Hurling Squad that a four-day preparation period before Nicky Rackard Cup games would be afforded to the squad. The Rackard Cup commences on May 5 and ends with the final a month later on June 9.
“Manager Mattie Lennon has resigned on a point of principle over the failure to reschedule this week’s club football fixtures and the Monaghan Squad are fully supportive of the manager.
“Seven clubs were affected by the scheduling of the fixtures, four of which agreed to release their hurlers for Wednesday’s county training session. However, three clubs said they were not in a position to do so and requested that the games be switched. The Co Board refused, leaving nine players having to make a choice whether to play football with their clubs or train with their county hurlers four days before a league final.
“Mattie Lennon was appointed as Monaghan Senior Hurling manager in December 2011 and was given assurances by the Board that they were committed to the promotion and development of hurling within the county. “
The Monaghan board released a statement this morning confirming the county will not field a side in the game.
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