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Departed players and WGPA release statements following Mayo walkout

‘We have stepped away from the panel for player welfare issues that are personal and sensitive to the players involved.’

A general view of Mayo flags.
A general view of Mayo flags.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

THE GROUP OF players who have departed the Mayo ladies senior football panel have released a statement through the Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA).

News broke this morning that a group of ten players had left the set-up ahead of their TG4 All-Ireland senior championship opener against Cavan on Saturday.

Among the players who have withdrawn from the squad are team captain Sarah Tierney, who plays her club football with Hollymount, and experienced Carnacon duo Cora Staunton and Fiona McHale.

“We have stepped away from the Mayo panel for player welfare issues that are personal and sensitive to the players involved,” the statement read.

“Out of respect to the girls playing at the weekend and ourselves, we will not be commenting further. We wish the Mayo team well with their game on Saturday.”

The WGPA wrote:

“The WGPA wishes to acknowledge the situation in Mayo Ladies Football at present. We are aware of the issues at hand and are supporting all of the players.

“We recognise the physical and emotional commitment required to operate at the top level of our games and respect the decision of all individual players regarding their own personal playing experience.

“We would now appeal that speculation on the matter comes to an end and that all players are supported on and off the field. The WGPA will continue to work with everyone individually and collectively in the best interests of Mayo Ladies Football.”

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