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Donegal Club Facing 8-Week Ban For Hosting 'Unauthorised Tournament'

Donegal Club Facing 8-Week Ban For Hosting 'Unauthorised Tournament'

Donegal club Naomh Colmcille is facing an eight-week ban for the hosting of what the GAA calls an "unauthorised tournament" at its Páirc Colmcille ground.

The Inishowen Independent reported on Tuesday that following an investigation by the Donegal CCCC, the ban was proposed due to the breaching of GAA rule 6.4.

The rule states that "All Tournament games shall be sanctioned by the appropriate controlling authority" and that for any club organising an unauthorised tournament, a fine of €500 and a minimum suspension of eight weeks shall apply.

It's said that the tournament was held in February as part of a series of events to raise money for local man Paul Dillon who was last year diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Dillon is a former player and coach with the Naomh Colmcille club.

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The ban would mean all adult members of the club being suspended.  Naomh Colmcille has appealed the decision.

Asked for comment regarding the matter, the Donegal County Board told Balls: "As the matter is under appeal CLG Dhún na nGall cannot comment at this time."

Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

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