Donegal to appeal Croke Park fine

Lacey in contention for Roscommon game

Donegal to appeal Croke Park fine

Donegal are unhappy with the fine imposed on them by Croke Park following last weekend’s fractious Allianz League game with Kerry in Tralee.

Both Donegal and Kerry have been hit with €7,500 fines each and Donegal’s Neil McGee has been handed a proposed one match ban.

Kerry’s Alan Fitzgerald and Donegal’s Leo McLoone were sent off on straight red cards and the Kerry pair of Shane Enright and Denis Daly were shown black cards in a game that referee Eddie Kinsella, flashed five yellow cards.

Donegal chairman Sean Dunnion told the Democrat that Donegal were going to appeal.

“We were expecting a fine but nothing as near as severe as the €7,500 that has been handed down and we will definitely be appealing and asking for a reduction,” the chairman told the Democrat.

Up to yesterday afternoon Donegal had made no decision on whether or not to appeal the proposed one game ban on full-back Neil McGee. McGee was hit with the ban after the Central Competition Controls Committee reviewed a video of the incident early in the game with Kerry’s Alan Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald was shown a straight red card following the incident.

“We have made no decision on whether or not to appeal Neil’s proposed ban. We are reviewing his case and will make a decision on it tonight (Wednesday),” the chairman told the Democrat.

Meanwhile, the chairman said he was confident that O’Donnell Park would be able to cater for the large crowd expected for this Sunday’s Donegal and Roscommon Allianz League clash.

The game is an all ticket game with O’Donnell Park capacity capped at 8,200.

However, the chairman did state that they expected a capacity crowd for the game for the crunch tie which forms part of a double header with the meeting of Donegal and Down in the Allianz National Hurling League.

Tickets for the game are on sale online on ticket.ie, and from SuperValu and Centra outlets and from clubs. Donegal clubs have until noon today (Thursday) to have have their orders with the Donegal board.

“Ticket sales are very brisk and we are expecting a capacity crowd or very close to one. But we are confident that O’Donnell Park will be more than capable of taking the crowd,” said the chairman.

“My advice to supporters is to get in their orders and to remember there are no reserved seats in the stand. Seats in the Stand will be allocated on a first come first served basis.”

The Donegal board are also advising supporters to get to the game early to avoid congestion at the turnstiles.

Four time All-Star defender Karl Lacey is expected to be in the Donegal match day squad for the first time this season for Sunday’s clash with Roscommon.

The former Footballer of the Year took time out at the end of last season and only returned to training at the beginning of last month.

However, he is believed to be going well in training in recent weeks and Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has confirmed that the Four Masters player will be in the squad for Sunday’s game.

“Karl is training well and we will have a look at him on Thursday night to see how he is going, but at this stage I would expect to see him in the squad at least”, Gallagher told the Democrat.

Gallagher will also monitor Frank McGlynn at training tonight. McGlynn missed the game in Kerry with a slight hamstring strain.

“Frank didn’t train on Tuesday night but we will see how he goes on Thursday night before making a call on his fitness. It is nothing serious but sometimes a hamstring can be slow enough and the one thing we don’t want to do is to make it worse.

“We are definitely without Leo (McLoone) and regarding Neil (McGee) we won’t know until later in the week and whether or not it is appealed and that appeal is successful.”

Gallagher is hoping Donegal learn from last weekend’s defeat in Kerry and kick on again this Sunday against Roscommon.

“Look there are ups and downs in football. Last Sunday’s game was one of those downs. We were disappointed when we drew level at 0-7 each early in the second half that we did not kick on and win the game.

“We gave away a soft goal and it was Kerry kicked on and had the cuteness to close out the game.

“But Roscommon are new challenge.They are going well and have got a number of good results and they are coming to Donegal on a high.”

The Donegal boss, despite Sunday’s bruising encounter, has reported no further injuries and he will have a strong panel to select from when he sits down to finalise his team at the weekend.