Dungarvan GAA club apologise for fielding player awaiting coronavirus test

Dungarvan GAA club have apologised for fielding a player in the Waterford Intermediate Football Championship final who was awaiting the result of a coronavirus test.

The player was subsequently informed of a positive result.

The west Waterford side have released a statement, admitting to “errors made by the club in the interpretation of the Covid-19 guidelines”.

“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.”

This comes after the GAA decided to suspend all club GAA matches, due to a number of factors including post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at games.

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