Thursday 27 November 2014

Tomas O Sé insists 'bad planning' is to blame for venue row

Published 26/08/2014 | 02:30

25 August 2014; Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néil with former Kerry footballer Tomás Ó Sé at the launch of Comórtas na nGael 2014, A competition to find the best club at promoting and conserving the Irish language. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Irish Independent columnist Tomas O Se with GAA president Liam O'Neill at the Comórtas na nGael launch in Croke Park yesterday. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

Kerry legend Tomas O Se insists moving next Saturday's All-Ireland semi-final replay out of Croke Park to accommodate an American football match is 'wrong'.

The Kingdom and Mayo meet in Limerick's Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening due to the 'Croke Park Classic' between Penn State and the University of Central Florida which takes place at the GAA's headquarters on Saturday afternoon.

"Everybody is talking about the fact there's an American Football game going on," O Se said. "I just think it's bad timing. I think it's brilliant that American Football can come here. It's brilliant that soccer and rugby was here but I mean it's a GAA field and it's our field.

"There are players that love coming to Croke Park and playing and I just think I was bad planning to put an American football game in our busiest window of the year.

"It's wrong. I've been told it is in place a year or a year and a half. It is great that we show off our stadium and that we can gain revenue if that revenue goes back into the GAA. But I think that it's wrong. I think it should be put to Saturday week."

The An Ghaeltacht club man also believes that both All-Ireland semi-finals could have been played on Saturday week in the event of a draw in the second last-four clash between Dublin and Donegal which will be played at Croke Park on Sunday.

"I think basing the decision on the fact that there could possibly be a draw between Donegal and Dublin is wrong," said the five-time All-Ireland winner.

"I think they should move both games. What about it if the two games are on on the same day? It's not about money, it's not about Dublin filling up the stadium. They'll still get an extra game out of it if there is a draw.

"So I think the decision could have been taken in maybe two weeks down the road."

Irish Independent

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