Derrytresk chairman disappointed by punishment

Updated: February 9, 2012

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Derrytresk chairman Barney Campbell has expressed his disappointment at the suspensions and fines handed out to Derrytresk in an interview with the Irish Times.

Despite lodging an appeal, Derrytresk will be missing seven players due to suspension when they meet Galway side Clonbur in the All-Ireland junior club final on Sunday.

The club has also been fined €2,500 and will be banned for five years after Sunday’s match.

Club chairman Campbell expressed his dismay in a detailed interview with the Irish Times on Thursday.

Campbell said, “We just didn’t see the onslaught coming. We put our hands up regarding what happened with our subs and said we would take the punishment, but this punishment doesn’t fit the crime. I believe we have been scapegoated because we’re a wee club from Tyrone who don’t have the resources to fight back.”

“We are young, inexperienced and certainly wouldn’t have the cynicism or the mentality to plan what some people have been accusing us of. We have been demonised.

“We thought the GAA would deal with us fairly. We expected to be punished but we didn’t expect a witch hunt.”

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