The Waterford football team is the latest county to concede a league, as they have announced they will not be fulfilling this weekend’s game against Antrim, with the decision due to the welfare of their players.
In a statement that was issued by Waterford GAA “At the outset, we want to first to all acknowledge the efforts by all concerned in getting the inter-county season up and running, which has been greatly welcomed by all our players here in Waterford, particularly given the unprecedented times we are currently living through. We have had a fantastic response from our players to date in terms of effort, compliance with public health guidelines and everyone was looking forward to getting back playing inter-county again.
“Unfortunately, having weighed up all the options and having regard to the genuine concerns of our players, we have no choice but concede our final league match versus Antrim this weekend. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, particularly given the fact that our game versus London scheduled for last weekend also fell victim to the Covid-19 crisis, which puts us in a very vulnerable position going into the first round of the Championship versus Limerick on Saturday 31st October, given that they will have had the opportunity of having played 2 league games.
“At the end of the day, our players come first as they have put everything on the tine to date to make themselves available to play for their county and irrespective of the impact our decision may have on the final league standings, the management team felt obliged to respect their health and welfare concerns in not wanting to travel to Antrim this Saturday for a 2 pm throw-in”.