CARNACON HAVE CRITICISED the Mayo Ladies County Board for an “impulsive, heavy handed approach” in attempting to ban them from the 2018 club championship.

The reigning county, provincial and All-Ireland senior club champions last night won their appeal and had the controversial ban overturned by the Connacht LGFA Council.

County delegates voted overwhelmingly last week to expel Carnacon for bringing the game into disrepute by withdrawing all eight of their players from the Mayo county panel this summer.

But the decision was struck down on appeal on Thursday night.

“We are satisfied with this outcome and feel it reflects the impulsive, heavy handed approach initially taken by the Mayo Ladies County Board,” a statement read.

“Without a full examination of the events available for club delegates, it has been proven incorrect to make any such ruling on the situation.

“A swift and fair hearing from the Appeals Committee of the Connacht LGFA Council was greatly appreciated and we are happy that we can now continue our preparations for the remainder of the season.

“As a club and individuals, we are very thankful for all the support we have received in the last few days, in what has been a difficult time with the negative attention and speculation surrounding the players involved.

“Unfortunately, this ruling stemmed from issues raised by players representing their county. As a club we supported these players and continue to do so. We will continue to be proud of all players and teams, including those who represent Mayo at all levels. 

“We now look forward to getting back in action on the pitch and doing our best as a club to support all of our members. It has been a great honour to represent our families and communities on a provincial and national stage in recent years.

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“We will strive to continue successfully and uphold the values that unite us a club.”

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