The Donegal GAA club which was sanctioned by the County Board for hosting an unauthorised fundraising soccer tournament at its grounds in Newtowncunningham, has accepted the findings of the Hearings Committee in its case.

Naomh Colmcille had been threatened with a ban for the event which was organised by a local committee in support of former club coach Paul Dillon who has been diagnosed with motor neuron disease.

The club appealed the ban and the Hearings Committee issued its ruling on Friday last stating that the club had breached two rules.

It imposed a total fine of €500 and the club loses home advantage for 12 weeks - the club had five home games scheduled in that period.

This morning the club issued a statement, having considered the Hearings Committee ruling, saying that it accepts both the findings of the committee and the sanctions imposed against the club.

They added: "The committee of CLG Naomh Colmcille would like to express its regret that it was deemed necessary for the club to be charged with a breach of the said rules as it was never the intention contravene any rules of the Association.

"In the interests of the club and the Dillon family we now wish to move forward and we consider this matter to be closed. We therefore will not be making any further comment."