Thursday 24 August 2017

'Croke Park are looking to make as much money as they can' - Ex-Dubs star Keaney hits out at Thurles decision

14 June 2014; Conal Keaney, Dublin. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Wexford v Dublin, Wexford Park, Wexford.
14 June 2014; Conal Keaney, Dublin. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Wexford v Dublin, Wexford Park, Wexford.
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Former Dublin hurler Conal Keaney has criticised the GAA's decision to play his county's round two qualifier against Tipperary in Thurles as part of a double header.

Round two qualifiers are meant to be played at a neutral venue, but the GAA have opted to stage Dublin's clash with the All-Ireland champions as the curtain-raiser to Kilkenny vs Waterford at Tipperary's home ground of Semple Stadium this Saturday.

Speaking to Oisin Langan on Newstalk today, Keaney hit out at the scheduling, saying that it is unfair for Ger Cunningham's side to be forced to concede home advantage to Michael Ryan's men.

"It's Croke Park themselves making the decision," Keaney said.

"It seems to me that Croke Park are just looking to make as much money as they can all the time. It's not good for Dublin hurling.

"They won't get every single Dublin hurling fan going down to Thurles while if it was in Portlaoise or Tullamore or even in Nowlan Park - everyone would have been on the road for that."

Keaney also argued that the matter isn't the same to the Dublin footballers playing the majority of their games at Croke Park.

"I know people are going to say the opposite for when the Dublin footballers always get to play in Croke Park but it's not the Dublin footballers fault - they don't always want to play at Croke Park," Keaney said.

"Some teams just give up home advantage to play there."

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