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Sunday 20 April 2014

McGeeney joins chorus seeking Friday compensation for players

Kieran McGeeney

KILDARE football manager Kieran McGeeney has added his voice to those calling for players to be financially compensated if they're asked to play championship matches on Friday nights.

The GAA has said it will not do so, despite asking Laois and Carlow's footballers to play in the first Friday championship fixture next week.

"A lot of people commenting on what inter-county players do, don't have a rashers about what they actually do," McGeeney said.

"The amount of time inter-county players put in is huge. What we ask of them is unbelievable.

"I definitely think players should be compensated. If we start asking them to take half or full days off work for games then you are going to have to have to do something.

"It may be talking about bending rules but that's what our Association is is there for, to make new rules if that's what we need.

"If the GAA can have new things, like starting games on Friday nights, they can look at the rules. They are not paying players, they are just compensating them for expenses."

McGeeney also said the pressures and (verbal) abuse that players are now receiving has escalated since his playing days with Armagh ended in 2007.

Kildare meet Dublin in the Leinster SFC semi-final tomorrow week and Cavan's Joe McQuillan has been confirmed to referee that game, with Laois' Maurice Deegan taking charge of the other semi-final between Meath and Wexford.

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