Frankie has won 76 caps for Munster and has been instrumental in the magnificent rise of Munster Rugby over the past seven years. He is an integral part of Munster Rugby as he is an inspiration not only to his peers but to the thousands of young rugby players throughout the province , said Declan
We have enormous respect for Frankie as a player and as an individual, both on and off the field. The feedback from our supporters throughout Munster and further afield has been that of anger and annoyance at the terrible manner in which Frankie has been treated by the ERC tribunal .
We are concerned that the ERC tribunal in ignoring the evidence submitted on Frank Sheahan s behalf, have jeopardised his career, threatened his livelihood and tarnished his good name.
Frank Sheahan is an asthmatic. The rules and regulations of rugby and indeed all sports bodies should be such as to ensure that asthmatics are allowed use their inhalers to enable them to compete on an equal footing with non-asthmatics. Frankie Sheahan s suspension has very serious consequences for all asthmatics involved in Rugby and Sport in general. We would not wish for any asthmatic who is obliged to use an inhaler to endure the appalling circumstances that Frankie and his family now find themselves in.
It is the wish of the Munster Supporters Club that Frankie s legal and medical team will succeed in overturning this grossly unfair and penal ban at his appeal on September 1st.
It is our fervent belief that for justice to prevail his suspension must be lifted forthwith , concluded O Connell
A website has been set up in aid of Frankie s appeal. Supporters can pledge their support on www.frankiesheahan.com