All-Ireland Club Ladies Football champions Carnacon will remain in this year's Championship following an appeal which was heard at tonight's Connacht Council meeting in Ballyhaunis.

The Mayo Ladies County Board had sought to have the club removed from the Championship on the grounds that they brought the game into disrepute, after the club withdrew eight players from the Mayo county team, due to apparent player welfare issues. 

The club has been fined €500 and its eight county players have each been handed a four-week suspension. 

The Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football Association has backed manager Peter Leahy and claim that the walk-out by a number of players was designed to force him to resign. 

"We are of the opinion that the walkout was an orchestrated move designed to make the management of Peter Leahy untenable due to sheer weight of numbers leaving the panel.

"We feel it was a move designed to wrestle control of the senior team from the management and but for the steadfastness of Peter Leahy, the existing Mayo panel and the County Board it would have succeeded."

Members of the Mayo LGFA executive say they met with the departing players after the walk-out and concluded that "their issues related to management style, decisions and selections that are normal and commonplace in any team environment."