Dungarvan to lose title for breach of Covid-19 guidelines

October 27, 2020

O'Neills gaelic footballs. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Waterford GAA are set to take the Waterford IFC crown off Dungarvan.

The Waterford News & Star is reporting that Deise chiefs have proposed the punishment following an investigation into the club’s IFC final win over Kill at Walsh Park earlier this month.

Dungarvan were guilty of fielding a player who was awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test and the player in question later received a positive result.

In the aftermath of the game, Waterford GAA released a statement: “The Management Executive of Waterford County Board at an online meeting tonight Wednesday, October 7th agreed to carry out an investigation into the matter from the Intermediate Football Final of the positive Covid-19 case. Waterford GAA will not be in a position to make any further comment on the matter until the process has concluded.”

Dungarvan issued a statement apologising for its ‘mishandling’ of the situation...

"Following a review of the club’s handling of the recent case, where a player tested positive for Covid-19 after the game was played, it has been identified that errors were made by the club in the interpretation of the Covid-19 guidelines and the club wish to sincerely apologise for its mishandling of this situation.

"As a club we wish to stress that the player involved was following the club’s interpretation of the guidelines and advice at all times, did not attend any of the post-match celebrations, and was acting in good faith.

"Notwithstanding that the club are aggrieved at the speculation appearing on local and social media which has led to some of our members being vilified through no fault of their own, we respectfully ask that people be mindful when making comments on these platforms as the team members are our friends and family and we support them on and off the pitch in good times and bad.

"As a club we are continuing to work with the HSE on the matter and will continue to follow their guidance."

The Waterford News & Star also reports that the club could be facing additional sanctions.

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