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Saturday 23 August 2014

Angry Azzurri get shirty with GAA

Greg Harkin

Published 08/10/2012 | 05:00

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LADIES GAA bosses may face court action after two teams competing in yesterday's showpiece All-Ireland finals were banned from wearing their normal jerseys.

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Both Kerry and Waterford, who played in the senior and intermediate finals respectively, are sponsored by sportswear firm Azzurri. But under a deal between O'Neills and Cumann Peil na mBan -- the Ladies Gaelic Football Association (LGFA) -- all teams reaching finals must wear the O'Neills outfits.

"It was disgraceful and wouldn't happen anywhere else in the world. Cumann Peil na mBan regretfully continue to be one of the few remaining bastions of old Ireland," John Molloy, MD of Azzurri in Ireland, said.

"They have shown a complete unwillingness to allow fair competition."

Both Azzurri-sponsored sides had to wear O'Neills gear for the showpiece at Croke Park.

"Regrettably we may have to consider legal action as a very last resort," said Mr Molloy.

A number of calls to the LGFA went unreturned last night.

Irish Independent

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