Monday 18 December 2017

Injury wait a 'precaution'

CONNACHT GAA secretary John Prenty has defended the absence of an ambulance at MacHale Park for Wednesday's Connacht U21 FC clash between Mayo and Leitrim, writes Frank Roche.

The second half was held up for 23 minutes following an injury to Leitrim full-back Gary Butler, with both teams coming off the pitch while the arrival of an ambulance was awaited.

Prenty told The Herald that when medical personnel from both teams attended the player, "straight away they didn't think it was an emergency - it was merely precautionary."

He said the ambulance base in Castlebar was "maybe 500 yards" from the ground so they decided to leave Butler (who was covered in foil and blankets) on the pitch rather than move him twice.

The ambulance arrived 15 minutes after the call was placed. Connacht generally don't have an ambulance on site for a 'D' category event, he added.

Leitrim tweeted a positive update, confirming "no lasting serious injury".

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