Saturday 24 March 2018

Colm O'Rourke: The inconsistency of GAA disciplinary policy is a huge issue

Colm O'Rourke

Colm O'Rourke

Most people, and that includes plenty of GAA officials, get confused with the various titles of committees that operate at both national and county level. From hearings committees to competition control committees with the word central thrown in, it can be genuinely confusing. Many of these committees could be abolished and a few good men would be well able to run everything.

As things stand and if the present set-up continues, there is an obvious need for another committee which would have to meet every Monday morning. This should be called the cock-up committee and would be the busiest of all GAA committees. The reason of course is because there are so many cock-ups on a Sunday that there is a full-time job to sort them out on a Monday. The latest came last week when Michael Murphy of Donegal and Dick Clerkin of Monaghan had red cards overturned. Quite how this committee overturned those red cards and did not do the same for Brian Farrell is amazing.

Just to refresh people's minds: Brian Farrell gave a gentle slap to a Kildare defender who had more or less given the same to him a few seconds earlier. It is the sort of stuff that happens in games all the time.

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