REPORTS that Mayo player Donal Vaughan was to feel the wrath of the GAA authorities for an alleged verbal altercation with Laois referee Maurice Deegan, late in their national league game with Tyrone two weeks ago, have proved unfounded.
It was widely rumoured that Vaughan had words with the match official and that the referee reported the incident to the GAA authorities.
When contacted by The Connaught Telegraph yesterday (Monday), Mayo County Board chairman Paddy McNicholas said he was unaware of any incident regarding Donal Vaughan and referee Maurice Deegan, and that the county board had not received any report from Croke Park regarding any such incident.
He confirmed: “We have not been contacted by Croke Park regarding any incident with a Mayo player during our game with Tyrone in the national league.
“If there had been any incident in that particular game we would have been contacted by Croke Park long before now.
“But as you well know, you get all types of rumours from time to time. As far as we are concerned, this is just another one of these and Donal Vaughan, or any other member of the Mayo senior squad, was not involved in any altercation with the match official in our recent league game with Tyrone.”
Meanwhile, it will be later in the week before the Mayo team to face Dublin in round three of the national league in Croke Park on Saturday night will be announced.
However, we can expect to see James Horan and his selectors make a number of changes to the side which lined out against Tyrone in their last game.
Although Cillian O’Connor is back in training following his shoulder injury late last year, it is expected he will not return to competitive action for some time yet in order for his shoulder to fully heal up.
However, his club colleague Alan Dillon is set to return to the starting 15 following his lengthy lay-off due to injury.