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Carnacon ladies row rumbles on

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Ger Flanagan

THE Carnacon senior ladies football team look set to have to wait until at least next week before hearing the outcome of the Mayo LGFA’s appeal of the Connacht LGFA’s Appeals Committee’s decision to reinstate the reigning All-Ireland club champions back into the 2018 Mayo senior league and championships.
At last week’s meeting of the Mayo Ladies County Board, delegates voted overwhelmingly (30-3) in favour of appealing the decision of the provincial ruling body, which had reversed the original decision made by the Mayo LGFA to remove Carnacon from senior competitions for the rest of the year.
The Mayo LGFA had until 5pm last Thursday evening to make the appeal to the next higher body — which in this case is the Connacht Ladies GAA Council.
A full Connacht LGFA meeting will now be convened so the appeal can be heard.
However, the date of the meeting is at the full discretion of the Connacht LGFA and, as of last night (Monday), no date had been set at the time this newspaper went to print.
The Mayo News understands that no meeting is likely to take place this coming week — with the impending All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Finals next Sunday believed to be one of the factors for the delay.
Carnacon were first dismissed from all competitions at a meeting of the Mayo LGFA last month for allegedly ‘bringing the game into disrepute’ when they withdrew the services of eight of their players from the county set-up back in June.
Rule 288 of the LGFA reads: “Any member of the Association found guilty of conduct calculated to bring the Association into disrepute shall be liable to expulsion or suspension by the Committee, Board or Council concerned.”
However, that decision was subsequently appealed to the Connacht LGFA by Carnacon and overturned. Now another meeting will be required to decide what happens next.
Carnacon are due to play a re-fixed Mayo senior championship game on Wednesday, September 19, followed by a Round 3 clash against Knockmore on Saturday, September 23.

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