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Kerry GAA react to Sport Ireland chief's 'claims of misinformation' over O'Sullivan case

Kerry hope the statement will conclude the ‘protracted process’.

KERRY GAA HAVE hit back at what they term ‘claims of misinformation’ by Dr Una May of Sport Ireland in a newspaper interview today, in relation to the case involving Brendan O’Sullivan.

pjimage (1) Kerry's Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Dr Una May of Sport Ireland. INPHO INPHO

Speaking in today’s Irish Examiner, May took issue with comments from Eamonn Fitzmaurice at a Kerry press briefing on Monday, about the anti-doping violation involving the Valentia club player.

May insisted that there was no leak from Sport Ireland and undue focus was placed on that aspect of the case, while she also disputed the claim that O’Sullivan was initially informed that he had received a four-year suspension.

However Kerry have now countered with a statement released this morning that they hope will finally conclude the ‘protracted process’.

Brendan O’Sullivan is tackled by David Kennan and Neil Collins Brendan O'Sullivan in action in last year's Division 1 league semi-final. Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

The statement in full reads:

“The Kerry County Board and Senior Football manager wish to react to claims of misinformation in today’s Irish Examiner by Dr Una May from Sport Ireland.

“During his press event on Monday June 5th Éamonn Fitzmaurice did not say that Sport Ireland was responsible for the leak of Brendan O’Sullivan’s case.

“He merely asked where the leak came from and this is still a valid query.

“On May 12th 2016 Brendan O’Sullivan received an email from Sport Ireland at 10:23 am to follow up on an earlier phone call from Dr Una May.

“In this e-mail an attachment detailing his case, signed by Dr Una May, informed him that he was banned for four years until he could prove his innocence;

3.1 Our records indicate that this would be your first ADRV and therefore pursuant to Article 10.1.1 Sport Ireland shall assert that a period of ineligibility of four (4) years (Article 10.1.1) should be imposed upon you.

“Depending on Brendan O’Sullivan proving his innocence, the other reduced sanctions and when they apply, are also detailed throughout section 3 on consequences.

“We hope that this finally concludes this protracted process.”

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