Dublin midfielder Eamon Fennell could be set to take his case to the European courts, after his latest bid for a transfer was rejected yesterday.
The player looks to have exhausted the Irish court system and with the legal system in this country often reluctant to intervene in disputes between sports governing bodies and their members, Fennell may have no option but to take his case abroad.
Although the 26-year-old still has the option to appeal the latest decision to the county’s management committee, he is unlikely to take that route having failed in his bid there previously.
Fennell is now hoping that the GAA may step in to resolve the matter as otherwise it seems unlikely that he will be seen in a Dublin shirt this season:
“I’m hoping Croke Park could step into this case because it’s going on for over four years. I think I have served my penance. Everyone knows all I wanted to do was play football. It was never a case that it was me versus O’Tooles. It probably got a bit spiteful there for a while, but I want to get back playing football. I want to get back playing club football. I won’t be going back to O’Tooles. I have made that clear on numerous occasions with them and with the county board. I don’t see how they could think I am going to go back after the way things have gone.”