Ladies issue letter of complaint

Donegal Ladies GAA have a letter of complaint on its way to the National Ladies GAA committee in Croke Park following a serious injury suffered by star forward Gerdaldine McLaughlin at the weekend.

Donegal Ladies GAA have a letter of complaint on its way to the National Ladies GAA committee in Croke Park following a serious injury suffered by star forward Gerdaldine McLaughlin at the weekend.

McLaughlin, one of the top forwards in ladies football, suffered a back injury in the closing minutes of Sunday’s National Football League defeat by Laois in Mountmellick and spent a number of hours in the Midland Hospital in Tullamore, Co Offaly, before being released late on Sunday night.

“It’s not good enough and we are very annoyed about the injury and the treatment Geraldine has received in our last two games against Kildare and Laois,” said a very irate Donegal manager Micheal Naughton last night.

“We were very unhappy with the level of protection she received against Kildare and we made our feelings known about it. We had the same referee again on Sunday, and still she was pulled and dragged all over the place.

“We accept she is a class forward and will be the target of teams, but all we are calling for is fair play and protection from referees but sadly over the last two weekends Geraldine has not received that protection.

“We’ve just had enough of it. I have been on to our secretary Deirdre Dillion this morning and she is writing to Croke Park to make our feelings known on the matter.”

McLaughlin received treatment for a pelvic injury which may sideline her for four to six weeks.