DECLAN BONNER has claimed the GAA’s appeals course of is a “farce” after watching his Donegal prices launch their newest Ulster SFC marketing campaign with an emphatic seven-point victory over Armagh.
inheritor stricken rivals have been capable of characteristic three gamers who have been initially dealing with one-match suspensions – Rian O’Neill began after a profitable look earlier than the Central Hearings Committee, whereas Aidan Nugent and Stefan Campbell got here off the bench after their bans have been quashed by the Central Appeals Committee final week.
All three had been dealing with punishment following an end-of-league melee that additionally resulted in one-match suspensions for Donegal defenders Odhrán McFadden-Ferry and Neil McGee, who each accepted their proposed penalties.
The contrasting outcomes have been clearly a supply of some annoyance in Donegal, and Bonner confirmed that he was “surprised” that the Armagh trio had finally escaped punishment.
“To me, in terms of the CAC or the CCC (sic) or whatever it is, a lot of questions to be answered there, to be quite honest, because that whole appeals committee now is an absolute … it’s a farce, to be quite honest,” he claimed.
“Not that we dwelt too much on it, we went and did the job that we had to do.”
Asked to broaden on what he meant by farce, Bonner replied: “I’m not going to get involved in it now. I know youse are looking for a bit of controversy but youse are not going to get that. Well, you see it yourself, if you get players off… they have to look at it, that’s for sure. But it’s not for me, I’m not part of it.”
Bonner confirmed that Donegal hadn’t gone down the appeals route as a result of “we usually go by the referee’s report, we have been advised there was no level actually in interesting it. We didn’t wish to be in a state of affairs the place you have been on the go, two or three weeks, will you or gained’t you may have these gamers obtainable?
“We made a decision there and then, four weeks ago,” he added. “They (McFadden-Ferry and McGee) know the story and in fairness to them, we told we’d get them ready for a semi-final and that’s exactly what we’d be doing. And those guys have been training as hard as anyone over the last three to four weeks.”
Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney wasn’t obtainable for post-match interview, however their tame 1-16 to 0-12 defeat leaves their supervisor on the again foot forward of the qualifiers.
Meanwhile, his Donegal counterpart praised the contribution of skipper Michael Murphy, who top-scored with 0-6 (4f) after an injury-disrupted league.
“He’s a role model, he’s a leader, and he put in a huge, huge shift there, a real selfless performance, covered every blade of grass. He was exceptional,” stated Bonner, who added that it was “too early to tell” the extent of Jason McGee’s damage after the influential midfielder was pressured off throughout the third quarter.