Saturday 16 December 2017

Colm Keys: GAA payments make a mockery of amateur rule

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

It remains the most quotable of quotes from a GAA administrator in recent times. At the beginning of the last decade, former GAA president Peter Quinn was tasked with heading up the latest committee to investigate the great cottage industry that has evolved around the management of GAA teams at club and county level.

The proliferation of 'outside' coaches to counties and clubs fuelled suspicion that payments over and above legitimate expenses were rampant, making a mockery of the association's golden rule on amateurism.

With players organising themselves through the forum of the Gaelic Players' Association, the GAA knew it was only a matter of time before that core value of amateurism would shatter under the weight of the comparison.

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