Mayo face expulsion from early season league

Updated: October 3, 2012

Defeated All-Ireland finalists Mayo are expected to be thrown out of the FBD league after refusing to play next week’s final in New York.

The Connacht Council will meet next week to consider imposing sanctions after Mayo announced on Thursday they would not be fulfilling the Gaelic Park final fixture against New York, due primarily, to a backlog of club fixtures.

Connacht Council secretary John Prenty, who is a former secretary of the Mayo county board, said he was “hugely disappointed” by the Connacht champions’ decision.

“They won the competition (last January) and everybody that has won it has gone (to New York). And if they’re not interested in being in the final, sure there’s no point playing it,” he told The Irish Independent.

Prenty confirmed that Mayo will not receive the €18,000 grant that New York pays to all FBD ‘home’ winners. The county board are extremely strapped for cash and may also have to cough-up for flights and accommodation costs of Connacht Council officials and other members of travelling party.

“There are difficulties with every team going to New York, whether it’s the championship or the FBD. There’s more than 30 players in Mayo, I’m sure. I don’t know why they didn’t delve into other panels,” a disappointed Prenty added.

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