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Colm O'Rourke: Players are now pawns serving several masters

The GAA should look at how it is treating players not managers, says Colm O'Rourke

Published 29/01/2012 | 05:00

January is not yet over and already we have had a good old-fashioned melee, the long-awaited document on payments to managers and a spat between two managers, Jimmy McGuinness of Donegal and Niall Moyna of DCU. It is shaping up to be quite a year.

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Despite the usual outcry about the incident in Portlaoise, there was nothing in the pictures shown which would indicate why such a civil war should break out between Kerry and Tyrone, apart from old wounds maybe.

You need to have been at the match to know what the atmosphere was like and where much of the wrong lies. There are much more sinister acts on a football pitch than giving a fellow a dig and much of this is not captured on camera.

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