The Longford Club football championships are only a couple of weeks into the 2017, however there is major controversy after last weekend’s Intermediate first round clash between Legan Sarsfields and Young Grattans.
The game was played in Ballymahon on Saturday last and an as a result of incidents that took place at the end of the match both Clubs have been booted out of the championship.
The Clubs in question have the option to appeal the decision made by the County Competitions Control Committee earlier this week. Shannonside Sport understand that the time avenue to lodge such an appeal will expire on Friday.
Those in attendance in Ballymahon last week were believed to have been shocked after witnessing the ugly scenes at the end of match bust up.
Young Grattons were successful in the game after a late goal and a point from Kevin Jones secured the victory on a full time scoreline of 1-12 to 1-8, however the result was over shadowed when a major row broke out as players from the respective sides exchanged blows in a serious fracas that lasted for a period of time before order was eventually restored.
The Longford GAA C.C.C.C met on Monday night and they subsequently proposed that both Legan Sarsfields and Young Grattans be thrown out of the 2017 Intermediate Football Championship.
If either side decide to appeal then the case is expected to go before the Longford GAA County Hearings Committee on Friday night or Saturday morning.
The clubs were originally due to play Round 2 games in Group 1 of the Longford Intermediate Football Championship this weekend with Young Grattans v Rathcline at Moran Park in Carrickedmond on Saturday evening (7pm) and Legan Sarsfields v Cashel at McGann Park in Kenagh on Sunday (2pm).
If the clubs in question were to be successful in having the decision of the CCCC over turned they would still be likely to have a number of players banned and could also be looking at major fines being imposed as result of the incidents from last weekend.