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Presseye/Lorcan Doherty/INPHO Michael Carroll, centre, is the Donegal player caught up in the sledging controversy.
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Tyrone insist there was no 'sledging' about death of young Donegal player's father
The Tyrone County Board released a strong statement on Friday evening.

TYRONE HAVE REFUTED “in the strongest possible terms” the recent sledging allegations against the county.

The Red Hand County Board carried out an internal investigation into last Sunday’s Ulster minor football championship clash against Donegal.

It was alleged that Donegal captain Michael Carroll, who lost his father to cancer last year, was taunted about the death by an opposition player.

Manager Declan Bonner was one of those who made the allegations and said boundaries had been crossed “to sickening levels.”

But in a strong statement on Friday evening, Tyrone unequivocally denied any such comments.

Their statement read: “Due to persistent allegations circulating in the media, some of which have been attributed to the Donegal Minor football manager, regarding verbal abuse during the Tyrone v Donegal Ulster Minor Football Championship match, Coiste Contae Thir Eoghain has conducted an investigation, involving its management and players.

As a result of the investigation undertaken it would refute in the strongest possible terms that a comment was made by any of its players to a Donegal player regarding the death of his father in 2014.

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“Tyrone GAA in no way condone ‘sledging’​ and the managers and coaches of all our county teams, from Acadamh Thir Eoghain​ to Senior, actively discourage this practice.

“Tyrone GAA congratulates both Donegal teams on their victories on Sunday in Ballybofey, wishing them well in the remainder of their 2015 campaigns and would express our deepest sympathies to the player on his loss. ​​”

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