THE DONEGAL COUNTY BOARD has refuted allegations made on a Tyrone website that a joint-statement would be released to confirm sledging of a Donegal player in the Ulster MFC quarter-final “never happened.”
The Tyrone-based Teamtalk website carried an ‘exclusive’ story this evening in relation to the fall-out from the meeting of Donegal and Tyrone in the Ulster Minor Football Championship and said that the Donegal County Board, Tyrone County Board and Ulster Council would be releasing a joint-statement “to finally bring closure to this unfortunate episode.”
However, the Donegal County Board have denied this. Their statement reads:
“CLG Dhun na nGall wish to vehemently refute the story on Teamtalk.com this evening.
“CLG Dhun na nGall has in its possession the Ulster Council CCC Investigation Report and the conclusions reached were agreed by both CLG Thir Eoghain and CLG Dhun na nGall at a meeting on Wednesday September 23rd. We understand that the Ulster Council will make a statement in the morning accordingly.”
Former Donegal minor manager Declan Bonner claimed in the aftermath of the fixture, which took place in Ballybofey on Sunday, May 17, that one of his players had been “sledged” by Tyrone players over the death of his father.
“The Ulster Council in their judgement exonerated the Tyrone minor players, management and coaches,” continued the article on Teamtalk.
“Up until tonight the untrue allegations had remained in the public domain as fact. Donegal minor football boss Declan Bonner had been particularly vocal following the game and one Donegal newspaper carried the headline “Donegal minor manager hits out after ‘toxic’ taunting of player.
“Perhaps then the players that represented the Red Hand county that afternoon will finally begin to rid themselves of the unnecessary commentary which was attributed to them from the Donegal minor management, a former Donegal senior player and an RTE pundit.”