Douglas minor footballers and club officials set to appeal suspensions

Douglas minor footballers and club officials set to appeal suspensions
Douglas won a Premier 1 football double this season but an issue has arisen over eligibility of some of the team that beat Aghada in a Rebel Óg East decider. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

DOUGLAS GAA club will appeal proposed lengthy suspensions handed out to 16 championship-winning minor players and seven juvenile club officials.

Rebel Óg East has recommended the suspensions be imposed due to the ineligibility of the Douglas team which won the area's U18 Division 1 Football League final recently against Aghada.

Douglas competed in, and won, the Premier 1 double in recent months, which are run by the Rebel Óg Central region.

Rebel Óg East says that according to GAA rules, having played in the Premier competitions, the Douglas players were not eligible to play at a lower grade in the same season.

It's understood the proposed suspensions would see the players receive 12-week bans from all GAA activities, with the officials in line to be suspended for 48 weeks. If upheld, the suspensions would rule the players concerned out of all GAA activities, including schools competitions, such as the Corn Uí Mhuirí, and involvement in Cork underage panels.

The seven club officials include five members of the minor management team who are also Douglas senior players. A 48-week suspension, if upheld, would see them ruled out of playing for their club for the majority of 2020.

The same suspensions for a further two juvenile club officials, if upheld, would rule them out of any involvement in running the club until they were served. The appeals will be heard by a Cork GAA hearings committee, which will decide whether to impose the proposed sanctions or otherwise.

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