Thursday 29 September 2016

Legion decision called into question

Published 10/11/2015 | 02:30

'Whether Kerry should have representatives in Munster after failing to complete their championship on time is now open to question'
'Whether Kerry should have representatives in Munster after failing to complete their championship on time is now open to question'

The decision to nominate Legion as Kerry's representatives in the Munster club football championships came under scrutiny last night with questions over whether it has contravened the GAA's Official Guide.

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Kerry consulted the Munster Council before postponing their replay for a further eight days and then indicating that Legion, who drew the county final with South Kerry, should face Nemo Rangers in the Munster semi-final.

A Kerry competition regulation allows for the last standing club to advance in the event of their county championship not being completed. However this would appear to conflict with the Rule 6.24 (a) of the GAA's Official Guide which states that "in the event of a County or Provincial Championship not being completed, the respective Provincial or All-Ireland Championship shall continue without a representative of the county or province concerned".

Whether Kerry should have representatives in Munster after failing to complete their championship on time is now open to question. The decision invites the perception that Kerry are being treated differently because of their divisional structure.

Last year Tipperary had to forego involvement in the Munster club SFC because their championship wasn't completed.

Irish Independent

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