Down manager Paddy Tally believes he has been made a 'scapegoat' after he was punished for Down breaking GAA training restrictions, despite hearing that a number of other counties had committed similar offences.
Tally received a eight-week ban earlier this year after Down were reported for organising a session in Newry in January. While this did not break Northern Ireland covid guidelines at the time, it was in breach of GAA rules.
He was not the only manager to receive such a ban. Dublin's Dessie Farrell, Cork's Ronan McCarthy, and Monaghan's Seamus McEnaney were all punished for similar offences.
However, Tally believes that these were far from the only inter-county teams holding these sessions.
Speaking on The Brian Carthy Podcast, he said that a number of other counties had already returned to training by that point. In fact, some had even contacted him looking for challenge matches.
Down will return to action on the pitch this weekend, travelling to take on Mayo in Division Two of the Allianz National Football League.