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Munster Council to hold emergency meeting on football seeding controversy

Will there be a U-turn on the seeding system in the southern province?

Limerick's John Riordan and David Tubridy of Clare.
Limerick's John Riordan and David Tubridy of Clare.
Image: INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

THE MUNSTER COUNCIL are to hold a special meeting tomorrow night on the controversy of seeding in their senior football championship after the Limerick football board last night performed a dramatic U-turn on the subject.

Two weeks ago, Limerick had been one of the counties who voted in favour for Cork and Kerry to be seeded in next year’s senior football championship draw.

But after players from Limerick – along with their counterparts from Clare, Tipperary and Waterford – expressed their dissatisfaction with the ruling, the Limerick football board are now set to propose a motion that the open draw be reintroduced.

Eight players from the four affected counties met in Tipperary Town last week to voice their displeasure and they opted to send letters to their respective county boards urging them to seek an emergency meeting of the Munster Council on the issue.

Clare trio Gary Brennan, Gordon Kelly and Joe Hayes, Limerick duo Stephen Kelly and Seanie Buckley, Tipperary pair George Hannigan and Brian Fox, and Waterford’s Shane Briggs were the players who met to discuss the issue.

Clare and Tipperary had objected initially to the seeding system with Limerick voting in favour of it and Waterford abstaining.

But with a strong level of support from players in those counties for an open draw, there may now be a U-turn by the provincial body when they convene tomorrow night.

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