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Friday 19 September 2014

GAA plan to sanction counties for bogus team selections

Published 19/06/2013 | 20:52

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19 May 2013; Ciaran O'Hanlon, Armagh, in action against Killian Clarke, Cavan. Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship, Preliminary Round, Cavan v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
Is the Sky coverage really that big of a deal, I hear you ask?

GAA President Liam O'Neill has revealed that the association plans to punish managers who name dummy team selections prior to Championship games.

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There have been numerous occasions already this season when teams named before throw-in were vastly different to the line-ups that took to the field and the GAA plans to clamp down on the practice.

“I’m not very happy with it. I think that the supporters deserve when they buy a programme and the team is lined out, they expect to see it," O'Neill told RTE.

"I can understand difficulties when people cry off late because of injury and illness and that is fine.

“But other than that I think people should be treated more fairly than some of our managers are doing at the moment.”

Such has been the prevalence of the practice that the GAA's central council will review existing laws and make changes where necessary.

“At the moment the match regulations do not allow (punishment). We didn’t foresee this as being a big a problem this summer as it is," he added

“We decided at a central council meeting last Saturday that we would have a review of it at the end of the Championships.

"We will take whatever steps that have to be taken to put penalties into rule that would make people comply.

“We’re not interested in giving fines to county boards. There is no use in adding insult to injury to county boards strapped for money.

"Whoever offends a match regulation should take the consequence, him or herself.

“We will try to move to a situation where the penalties will be imposed on those that don’t comply. It will be our plan to implement this and was my suggestion to do it.”

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