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Clare squad release statement insisting they are 'united' after recent disciplinary incident

The high-profile departure of Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell has prompted a response.

The Clare hurling team before last Saturday's clash against Dublin.
The Clare hurling team before last Saturday's clash against Dublin.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

THE CLARE HURLERS and management have released a statement this evening declaring they are a ‘united’ group and that all parties are happy with how the furore last week surrounding the departure of Davy O’Halloran and Nicky O’Connell from the Banner panel was handled.

The statement was issued to The42 this evening from Clare county board PRO Sean O’Halloran on behalf of Clare joint-captain Cian Dillon.

The42 understands that the Clare players and management held a meeting before training yesterday in Sixmilebridge where it was decided to release a statement.

Clare claimed their first league win of the season last Saturday at the end of a turbulent week that saw O’Halloran and O’Connell leave the setup. O’Halloran claimed in an interview with The Irish Times that they had been ‘humiliated’ by management and that another senior player had not been punished for a breach of discipline.

Davy O'Halloran scores his sides first goal Davy O'Halloran won an All-Ireland U21 medal with Clare in 2013. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

But the Clare squad are now seeking to draw a line under the incident and move forward.

Statement

The statement reads in full:

“The Clare senior hurling panel and management have met on the recent disciplinary issues that have been aired in the public domain.

“All involved are happy that the matter was dealt with fairly.

“While there are numerous inaccuracies reported in the media, on social media and in a former player’s statement, the matter is now closed and we, as a group, are happy to move forward, united and to continue to enjoy working hard for Clare hurling.”

Signed:

Pat Donnellan on behalf of the players.

Cian Dillon behalf of the players.

Michael Browne on behalf of team management.

Davy Fitzgerald on behalf of team management.

Louis Mulqueen on behalf of team management.

Davy Fitzgerald and Louis Mulqueen 23/6/2013 Clare's Davy Fitzgerald an Louis Mulqueen. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

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