Saturday 23 September 2017

Spoils must be shared fairly if GAA want Dubs in Croker for the money

Colm Parkinson

Last week it was confirmed that the winners of the Leinster championship opening-round match between Laois and Wicklow will play the quarter-final against Dublin in Croke Park.

Shortly after the draw was made in October, Leinster chief executive Michael Delaney said: "I've already had a text from someone in Laois saying that if they beat Wicklow, the match against Dublin should be in Portlaoise. It's not set in stone that all of Dublin's matches have to be in Croke Park."

Talk is cheap, Michael. How is it remotely fair that the GAA give the All-Ireland champions – pulling players from the largest talent pool – home advantage for a provincial quarter-final?

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