The Galway SHC title race has been thrown into chaos after Gort pulled out of tomorrow's rescheduled semi-final against champions St Thomas’.

Their original clash last Sunday fell by the wayside following a Covid outbreak in the Gort camp on the preceding Friday night, but the game was refixed for Kenny Park in Athenry tomorrow at 12 noon.

However, Gort have today told Galway GAA that they will not be fulfilling the fixture because of the Covid situation in their squad.

A statement from Galway GAA said that having reviewed the situation they gave the go ahead for the fixture to go ahead tomorrow and "Gort GAA club have informed Galway GAA that they will not be fulfilling their senior hurling championship semi-final v St Thomas’ tomorrow.

"Galway GAA CCC have reviewed all the evidence presented and have advised that the fixture stands. Failure to fulfil the fixture will be dealt with by Galway GAA CCC in the coming days."

They have appealed to supporters not to turn up at Kenny Park tomorrow and said refunds will be made during the week.

Clarinbridge have already qualified for the Galway final which has been pencilled in for next Sunday (21 November) but it seems inevitable that Gort will appeal.

The stand-off is the most high-profile Covid fixture dispute since eventual champions Tyrone said they could not contest their All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Kerry due to an outbreak of the virus in their squad.

That game was eventually played two weeks later than originally scheduled after the GAA opted to postpone it by another week rather than award Kerry a walkover.

Last year, RGU Downpatrick were initially expelled from the Down Senior Championship after a Covid outbreak in their camp left them unable to fulfil a round-two fixture against Carryduff. They were reinstated on appeal though and played in the 2021 competition.

Last month, the Louth SFC semi-final between Newtown Blues and Naomh Mairtin was postponed due to an outbreak in the former's camp. Naomh Mairtin won the delayed fixture before going on to win the title with victory over St Mochta's last weekend.