Moorefield to appeal bans

December 05, 2007
This Sunday's rescheduled Leinster club football semi-final may not go ahead after Moorefield confirmed that they would be appealing the suspensions handed down to two of their players on Tuesday. The Kildare champions have also vowed to fight the Leinster Council decision to strip them of home advantage for the much-delayed clash with Tyrrellspass, throwing the completion of the provincial competition into chaos in the run-up to Christmas. Two Moorefield players - half backs Kevin Murnaghan and James Lonergan - unsuccessfully appealed four-week bans on Monday night arising out of the melee which marred their second replay win over Dromard, while a month's ban is also hanging over full forward Philip Wolfe who has not yet been given the opportunity of a hearing. Moorefield secretary Peter White has said the club will now take their cases to the Leinster Council's Central Appeals Committee, and if necessary, then to the Disputes Resolution Authority. He insisted that the Newbridge side won't play the semi-final until they have exhausted all avenues of appeal. "Losing home venue seems particularly harsh and is penalising our spectators as well. A draw was made at the start of the year which gave us home advantage and we certainly didn't think that could be taken off us," he said. "We have a young team of close players who work hard for each other and have a very good disciplinary record and we had hoped the Leinster Council would take that into account." The semi-final has been re-fixed for Mullingar on Sunday, but it is difficult to see the appeals process being finished before then.

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