McLaughlin’s injury leads to complaint to Croke Park

Updated: February 21, 2012

Donegal star Geraldine McLaughlin is likely to be out of action for 4-6 weeks following a serious pelvic injury sustained at the weekend. A letter of complaint,regarding the lack of protection from the referee, is on its way to the Ladies Gaelic Committee at Croke Park, reports the “Donegal Democrat”

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McLaughlin’s injury was sustained in the closing minutes of Sunday’s National Football League tie against Laois in Mountmellick – she later spent some hours receiving treatment at the Midland hospital in Tullamore before being released on Sunday night.
Micheal Naughton, the Donegal Ladies Manager told the ‘Donegal Democrat’:

“It’s not good enough and we are very annoyed about the injury and the treatment Geraldine has received in our last two games against Kildare and Laois,”

“We were very unhappy with the level of protection she received against Kildare and we made our feelings known about it. We had the same referee again on Sunday, and still she was pulled and dragged all over the place.

“We accept she is a class forward and will be the target of teams, but all we are calling for is fair play and protection from referees but sadly over the last two weekends Geraldine has not received that protection.

“We’ve just had enough of it. I have been on to our secretary Deirdre Dillion this morning and she is writing to Croke Park to make our feelings known on the matter.”

Naughton is one of the country’s most experienced Ladies Gaelic Managers and is due to Manage the 2010 Ladies Gaelic All Stars on their forthcoming trip to Canada in May. He has rarely complained about referees or treatment of players in the past but it seems his patience has been exhausted following these recent games.

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