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Tuesday 23 May 2017

GAA abuses its own rules

John Greene

John Greene

Exactly one year ago, the Sunday Independent exposed the hypocrisy behind the GAA's so-called winter training ban.

Despite widespread flouting of the rule, not one county board was ever taken to task for failing in their duty to implement the GAA's rulebook.

But what was even more remarkable was the revelation that county boards on the one hand were allowing managers to organise training sessions and, on the other, refusing to provide food for players or pay their travelling expenses because they were breaking the rules.

And what is even more remarkable still is the revelation today that, 12 months on, the same thing is happening and once again the GAA is turning a blind eye. Whether you are for or against the idea of a ban is irrelevant, the rule is there and must be enforced. You don't get to pick the ones you like, and ignore the rest.

jgreene@independent.ie

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