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Dungarvan club apologise for fielding player in Waterford final who was awaiting Covid test results

Dungarvan won Saturday’s intermediate decider by four points.

Walsh Park hosted Saturday's intermediate final.
Walsh Park hosted Saturday's intermediate final.
Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

THE DUNGARVAN GAA club have apologised for having a player in their team who was waiting on a Covid-19 test in a Waterford county football final on Saturday.

Dungarvan won the intermediate decider by 0-14 to 0-10 against Kill but have now admitted that ‘errors were made by the club in the interpretation of the Covid-19 guidelines’.

They released a statement last night and insisted the player was just following the club’s interpretation of the guidelines and advice at all times.

On Sunday evening Dungarvan had issued a statement stating they were ‘aware of a positive case of Covid-19′. They outlined how they were following all HSE guidelines and has suspended all club activity until Thursday.

Last night’s Dungarvan statement in full reads:

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“Following a review of the club’s handling of the recent case where a player tested positive for Covid-19 after the game was played, it has been identified that there were errors made by the club in the interpretation of the Covid-19 guidelines and the club wish to sincerely apologise for its mishandling of the situation.

“As a club, we wish to stress that the player involved was following the club’s interpretation of the guidelines and advice at all times, did not attend any of the post-match celebrations, and was acting in good faith.

“Notwithstanding that the club are aggrieved at the speculation appearing on local and social media which had led to some of our members being vilified through no fault of their own, we respectfully ask that people be mindful when making comments on these platforms as the team members are our friends and family and we support them on and off the fields, in good times and bad.

“As a club, we are continuing to work with the HSE on this matter and will continue to follow their guidance.”

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