Reading Frankie Quinn's comments in the ATN puts a new slant on the whole player identification row. Suppose there is always two sides to a story - at least.
What did he say?
However, Antrim secretary Frankie Quinn has defended the actions of the county board, saying that both chairman Collie Donnelly and himself were at a meeting with the Ulster Council on the night of Fitzpatrick’s appeal.
Quinn also insisted that Fitzpatrick and the Antrim management were advised to accept the original one-match ban which would have ruled the St John’s clubman out of the Longford game instead of the Championship clash against Donegal.
“The player could have opted to take the ban for the Longford match and he was told that. The team management decided he would play the Longford match – they made that decision,” said Quinn. “Stephen Beatty looked at an appeal and decided he wouldn’t go for it.
“There was a shemozzle in the stand at the end of the Lámh Dhearg versus Sean MacCumhaill’s game last year and it was Lámh Dhearg who identified their own fans and got them banned. That’s the way the process works.
“We had no other course of action to take when we are asked to identify a player. “You cannot go back to the dark days of hear no evil, see no evil. Everything is filmed these days. They give you the chance to identify the player. If not, they’ll identify them anyway and you’ll be 10 times worse. We would then be in line for whatever sanction they deem fit.”
Quinn added that the paperwork for a second appeal has been launched and says he expects a member of the Antrim board to accompany Fitzpatrick for his second appeal. Antrim’s chances of upsetting the odds against last year’s beaten Ulster finalists will be further undermined if Fitzpatrick is unavailable