Laois and Armagh have issued a joint statement through Croke Park which has stated that Armagh’s claims earlier this week about the events which allegedly occurred in O’Moore Park were not ‘accurately reflected’ in their statement.
The statement in full reads as follows:
“A meeting of representatives of Armagh and Laois County Boards took place today to discuss last Sunday’s Allianz League Football game in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise.
It was agreed that allegations made by Armagh County Board in their statement do not accurately reflect what occurred in O’Moore Park.
It is acknowledged by both Boards that inappropriate verbal exchanges took place between players during the game and this will be addressed with our respective panels.
Both Laois and Armagh are committed to the playing of our games in the best possible spirit and look forward to the continuation of a keen, sporting rivalry.”
Armagh made a number of serious allegations after last Sunday’s hotly constested game, during which Ciaran McKeever was sent off for an incident which happened in the tunnel at half time. Armagh assitant manager Paul Grimley also angrily confronted referee Michael Duffy at the final whistle, while the Sligo official was also subjected to a barrage of verbal abuse from a section of the Armagh support as he left the field.
In the days following the game, Armagh County Board released a statement claiming McKeever was called a ‘British b*****d’, that ‘God Save the Queen’ was sung on the day, while also complaining of ‘racist abuse’ the county has suffered in the GAA.
A internal investigation carried out by Laois GAA found no wrong-doing on the day, while this statement also seems to back Laois up on that finding, as Armagh have been forced to publicly admit they did not accurately convey what happened on the day.
Meanwhile, the Laois team to face Kerry this Sunday in Killarney has been named. It shows no changes from the team which started the win over Armagh last week.
The team in full is: Eoin Culliton (Timahoe); Cahir Healy (Portlaoise), Kieran Lillis (Portlaoise), Peter O’Leary (O’Dempsey’s); Kevin Meaney (Arles-Kilcruise), Mark Timmons (Graiguecullen), Conor Boyle (Portlaoise); Brendan Quigley (Timahoe), John O’Loughlin (St Brigid’s); Colm Begley (Parnells), Billy Sheehan (Emo), Darren Strong (Emo), MJ Tierney (Parnells), Adrian Kelly (Portlaoise), Ross Munnelly (Arles-Kilcruise)