Longford champions Killoe Emmet Óg have been hit with a 48-week ban over the failure to pay a fine of €750.

The midlands clubs now face the prospect of playing no matches from Under-16 level up to senior until the summer of 2021 should the ban be fully implemented.

The club have said that they will appeal the harsh penalty, which came as a result of an unpaid fine by the Longford GAA Hearings Committee back in February, according to a report in the Longford Leader.

The fine was imposed as a result of Killoe not fielding a team in an Under-16 encounter against St Colmcille's/St Francis last January. 

The club are reported to have contacted the county board prior to the game stating that they would not be fulfilling the fixture due to an outstanding issue that had not been dealt with.

The appeal will be held by the Leinster GAA Hearings Committee.

"Emmet Óg  GAA Club and everyone attached to the Killoe club are extremely angry at the rigid application of the rules in this instance, which has given no regard to the upheaval and challenges that the Covid-19 global pandemic has caused to all sectors of our society, in particular to voluntary organisations like the GAA," said Killoe club chairman Gerry Hagan.

Killoe opened the defence of their county title with a victory over Clonguish last Friday and are set to play Mostrim on 21 August.