Donegal County Board clarify “misleading” online story over fine in relation to missed drugs test

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Alan Foley

Donegal County Board clarify “misleading” online story over fine in relation to missed drugs test
The Donegal County Board has moved to clarify a story that stated three of the county’s senior footballers were fined for missing a drugs test last year.

The Donegal County Board has moved to clarify a story that stated three of the county’s senior footballers were fined for missing a drugs test last year.

Donegal Daily today ran a story that three of the players have been fined €750 for “their failure to turn up for a mandatory drugs test before they played Dublin in the Allianz League last year.”

However, a statement from the Donegal County Board this evening said that there was a misunderstanding as training had been moved from Castlefin to Ballybofey and to suggest the players were fined was “misleading.”

The story has since been withdrawn from the website.

The statement read: “CLG Dhún na nGall wish to clarify that no players from the Donegal senior football team received fines for failing to turn up to a mandatory drugs test last year.

“The headlines which appeared in one online publication is totally untrue. It is also misleading to claim that three players have been identified.

“CLG Dhún na nGall co-operate fully with the Irish Sports Council at all times in arranging drugs tests, and the normal practice is that two players are randomly selected to participate in the drugs tests.

“The facts of the matter are that representatives of the Irish Sports Council attempted to carry out a drugs test on CLG Dhún na nGall Senior Footballers at Robert Emmet Park, Castlefin on April 4 2013 at 6.40pm.

“On that particular evening, training had been moved from Castlefin to MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey, at the last minute, and the ISC had not been notified of the change of venue.”

As a result CLG Dhún na nGall received a fine of €750.”