Douglas minor players have bans overturned after appeal

Douglas minor players have bans overturned after appeal
The Douglas players celebrate against Ballincollig after the Carrigline Court Hotel Rebel Óg P1 minor final this season. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

THE 16 players and four officials from Douglas who were handed 48-week suspensions by Rebel Óg have had their bans overturned on appeal.

However the five members of the minor management who were censured for fielding ineligible players in an East League final win over Aghada must serve eight-week bans.

The city club must pay a €1,000 fine, half of the original amount imposed, following a hearing with the Cork County Board early this week.

The original bans for their minor players ruled them out of all activity, which would have impacted on schools competitions and Cork minor and U20 panels.

Douglas won a Premier 1 championship and league double, which means the club should not have used those players in a lower grade. 

They beat beat Aghada 2-14 to 2-12 in the Rebel Óg East League final last month, having got the better of Ballincollig in the P1 championship decider and beating rivals Nemo in the P1 league finale.

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