Waterford club apologise for fielding player awaiting Covid-19 test results

October 06, 2020

Covid-19 signage on display. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Dungarvan GAA in Waterford have apologised after fielding a player in a county football final this past Saturday who was awaiting the result of a Covid-19 test.

The west Waterford club defeated Kill by 0-14 to 0-10 to take the intermediate championship title but have since admitted that “errors made by the club in the interpretation of the Covid-19 guidelines”.

The player was subsequently informed of a positive result from the test and the club and since released the following statement:

"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," read the Dungarvan GAA statement.

"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."

It comes after the GAA moved to suspend all club activity across the board yesterday.

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