The Sligo players have rubbished reports they did not want their game against Galway to go ahead.

The Sligo county board conceded Saturday's Connacht SFC semi-final after seven players tested positive for Covid-19.

Contact tracing protocols and further testing would have left Sligo severely depleted for the trip to Pearse Stadium.

The players released a statement to Ocean FM on Friday night saying the decision to give Galway a walkover was out of their control.

The statement read: "The perception Sligo did not want to fulfil this weekend’s fixture is incorrect.

"All who could feasibly make themselves available wanted to play the game.

"The players are disappointed the game could not proceed for reasons outside their control.

"No member of the panel will be making any further comment at this time."

Tomás Ó Sé questioned whether Sligo had acted in haste and raised concerns about the effects their decision has on the integrity of the championship.