*Aidan McCarthy in action for Clare versus Wexford. Photograph: Burren Eye Photography
Wexford GAA have described comments from Brian Lohan that Clare players were nominated as close contacts by Model County hurlers as “factually incorrect”.
Two positive COVID-19 cases among the Wexford senior hurling panel resulted in two Clare players being named as close contacts.
Although Wexford stayed overnight for last weekend’s clash in Ennis, no other member of their panel was named as a close contact with two of Lohan’s Clare panellists forced to isolate as they were informed they were close contacts.
Speaking on RTÉ, Brian Lohan commented that the dealing of the matter was not satisfactory in their eyes. “There was a whole lot of anger amongst our set up as a result of what happened”.
His remarks that the HSE contacted Clare GAA “to say that two of the Wexford players nominated two of our players as close contacts” have been disputed by Wexford GAA.
In a statement on Monday morning, Wexford GAA addressed the comments of the two time All-Ireland winner. “The suggestion made that members of Wexford GAA had somehow nominated Clare players as close contacts is factually incorrect. Wexford GAA have again spoken to HSE South East this morning and this position can be independently verified by HSE. Wexford GAA will continue to work through the protocols as requested by HSE”.
Clare GAA have confirmed that the two players are still self-isolating despite returning negative tests for COVID-19.
Michael Martin, Chairman of Wexford GAA speaking on South East Radio called for Lohan to retract what he called “outrageous” comments.