Beaten All-Ireland finalists Mayo have pulled out of the FBD League final. The Connacht champions were due to travel to New York for the final on Sunday 7 October but the county board announced that the team would not travel.
In the statement the County Board cited fixture congestion as one of the primary reasons for the decision, with the club championships now the main priority after the loss to Donegal.
“Our involvement in the FBD league final, the abandoned national league game against Dublin and the re-fixture, the national league semi final and final, as well as our involvement in the All Ireland football final last week has had a major impact on club fixtures.
“In order to ensure the involvement of Mayo clubs in the Connacht club championships, we have had to reschedule our senior and intermediate football championship semi finals and ten of our present panel are involved in these games.”
Mayo’s county board also said that player unavailability was to blame for their inability to fulfill the fixture.
“Three of our present panel have also played for other teams in the FBD league and are therefore unavailable to play for Mayo. A further ten players are unavailable to travel due to family and work commitments, which is understandable after their commitment over the last nine months.”
In the statement the board went on to apologise to the Connacht Council and New York County Board for their decision.