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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 15:59 GMT
Red Hands lose McKenna Cup points
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte
Mickey Harte included four student players against Derry
Tyrone have lost the points from their Gaelic Life McKenna Cup win over Derry but it will not affect their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

The Ulster Council took the points away on Tuesday night after deeming that Tyrone had broken competition rules by fielding four university players.

Despite the ruling, Mickey Harte's side will still play Monaghan in the semi-finals on 13 February.

Armagh's Paddy McKeever also received a month's suspension at the meeting.

McKeever received a straight red card late in the game in the McKenna Cup win over Fermanagh and he was reported for "attempted kicking".

The Ulster Council meeting also rescinded a 48-week ban on Donegal hurling club Setanta.

The ban had been imposed because Setanta had refused to provide information over an incident at a recent game.

A match official was assaulted in the Ulster Division Two final between Setanta and Castleblayney.

Players need to have the opportunity to play or try out for their county if they so desire

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte

Setanta appealed against the decision and the Central Appeals Committee ruled on the matter.

Tyrone boss Mickey Harte expressed unhappiness with the Ulster Council's decision to overturn their victory over Derry, adding that he expects his county board to launch an appeal.

Harte used UUJ squad players Colm Cavanagh, Brendan Boggs and Damien McCaul plus St Mary's Cathal McCarron in the game against Derry, defying the Ulster Council directive.

"I don't think we should be docked any points. We acted in good faith and the players wanted to play for Tyrone," Harte told BBC Sport from Dubai, where he is on the All Stars trip.

"Players need to have the opportunity to play or try out for their county if they so desire.

"At this moment in time, certain players are being told that is not an option for them and I don't agree with that.

"I don't think there is any rule in the book that says that's the way is should be. In fact, I think the rule is quite to the contrary."

Harte said that he wants the four players to be available for next month's McKenna Cup semi-final against Monaghan.

"That's their right," added the Tyrone boss.

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