Ballina Rugby Football Club have been handed sanctions from the IRFU for an alleged breach of IRFU Regulations.
A post on social media of Kieran Lindsay receiving the keys for use of a car on behalf of Ballina RFC from Connolly Motors has been perceived as a personal benefit.
Regulation 6 states that no amateur player playing in the Connacht or All Ireland Leagues can receive payment or benefits.
In a statement Ballina RFC said the car was intended for use by Ballina RFC to develop the game in North Mayo schools and that they have always fully followed regulation 6 protocol.
Sanctions applied will include a €2000 fine for the club and deduction of two league points from our AIL team.
Club Chairman, Alan Rowe, says “We’re an extremely progressive club, promoting and developing the game at all levels on and off the pitch, so to be hit with these sanctions is extremely disappointing.
“We are blessed to have outstanding support from local businesses and the general public throughout our catchment area and we know this news will cause a lot of hurt, but we’re very determined not let it impact negatively on the club or on our senior team.
“We’ve had to overcome challenges throughout our history and I’m confident we’ll overcome this one too. Our senior team have been outstanding representatives for Ballina RFC in recent seasons and the two-point deduction will hit them hard, so it’s up to all of us and everyone in the community to get behind them and carry them through the rest of the season as they battle to stay in the division. We play Sligo next Saturday in Heffernan Park and now, more than ever, we need the place packed with our supporters,” he added.
The news comes the day after Heffernan Park hosted a ‘20x20 Women in Sport’ event where our Ballina senior women took on Westport under floodlights on our new state-of-the-art pitch.