Armagh thought they had booked a spot in the last four on scoring difference, after losing to Cork by just three points on Sunday.
Ladies Gaelic Football Association officials had stated the semi-final pairings would be Dublin versus Cork, with Mayo to face Armagh. But it later emerged it will be Kerry who will face table-toppers Mayo instead, with Armagh squeezed out.
After studying the rule book, LGFA chiefs rowed back and confirmed Kerry had made it into the top four.
The LGFA apologised to Armagh via Twitter but the Orchard County released a hard-hitting statement, blasting the LGFA’s “total incompetence”.
The Armagh statement reads: “We have decided as a team not to pursue the injustice and total disregard today regarding our treatment by the total incompetence of the LGFA in their decision of initially and officially informing our team we had qualified for a Division 1 league semi-final for the first time in the history of Armagh ladies football, to be then told via phone call that we had not qualified. Our team have been treated very poorly over the past two weekends by a so-called official association...
“We feel as a team involved in a sport that we see other associations and players fighting for equality and recognition, that what happened puts our sport in jeopardy as we strive to improve support and finances to build the sport. We will, however, do what we can in our power to see that this does not happen any other county in the future by fighting for change in the rules and regulations.”