Sunday 21 January 2018

Colm O'Rourke: GAA's costly punishments create another fine mess

Suspensions are the only penalty that will get the full attention of players, says Colm O'Rourke

Time for someone at the top to call a halt to this recent madness of heavy fines which are being thrown around like confetti. What is the point in all of this?

An organisation which prides itself on being close to the community has lost all contact with reality by imposing heavy fines on clubs and counties. Do those who are advocating such an approach not realise that every club and county is struggling to survive? This blunt instrument has absolutely no place in punishing ill-discipline in teams.

The players of Monaghan, Kildare, Cork and Armagh couldn't care less about the fines imposed on their teams and if anyone thinks that the chairman of the county board will warn players about their conduct because of the fear of a fine, then they have spent too long in hot rooms. There is only one deterrent -- suspension. And it is just a cop-out to impose a fine and then ignore the individuals at the root of the problem.

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