Limerick footballers confirm boycott plans

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick's Seanie Buckley in action against Waterford duo Cillian O'Keeffe and Wayne Hennessy
THE Limerick senior footballers will boycott the 2015 Munster championship, if the Munster Council don’t reverse the seeding of Cork and Kerry.

THE Limerick senior footballers will boycott the 2015 Munster championship, if the Munster Council don’t reverse the seeding of Cork and Kerry.

That’s the promise made by the county footballers in conjunction with their counterparts in Tipperary, Waterford and Clare.

Representatives of the four senior football panels met this Tuesday night and agreed on a series of protests to highlight their anger at the decision to keep Kerry and Cork apart in the provincial championship.

Limerick was represented at the meeting by 2013 captain Seanie Buckley.

This Wednesday night, the GPA released a statement on behalf of the four panels.

“The Waterford, Clare, Tipperary and Limerick senior football panels would like to formally express our serious disappointment at the Munster Council’s decision to seed the Munster SFC 2014 without any consultation with county squads. We are aggrieved that this decision, which seriously disadvantages our counties’ provincial championship prospects, was also taken without certain counties being properly mandated to vote,” read the statement.

“We also believe the decision to seed the Munster football championship affects the wider All-Ireland series in an unfair manner. We understand that we are now restricted by the rules for the 2014 season but we will be approaching our respective county executives in the four counties to seek assurances that the decision will be revisited next year,” said the players in the statement.

“As a form of immediate protest against this decision, and respecting the views of our squad members, the four squads have asked their counties to withdraw from the 2014 McGrath Cup. Also we will be asking our players to consider not making themselves available for the 2014 Railway Cup football series. In recent years players from the four counties have helped backbone the Munster Railway Cup side.”

Players from the four squads will then convene a meeting before the National league 2014 to assess the situation going forward.

“All four squads are also united in saying that if the seeding arrangement isn’t reversed next year through the formal channels, that the current panellists will not participate in the 2015 Munster championship,” they vowed.