Monday 22 January 2018

All rules in world won't fix GAA when refs go unheeded

eugene mcgee

The GAA is a great sports organisation, one of the best in the world of amateur sport, and it is the excitement of the games of hurling and football which are at the very heart of the organisation. But, in the past decade or so, the very fabric of the games have been consistently challenged at all levels by its own members in the area of discipline.

We get examples of this at club and county level every week of the year. In the past week, for example, a prominent player -- Ryan McMenamin -- and his equally famous County Board in Tyrone, contested decisions made by a GAA disciplinary body in Croke Park, as was their right.

But when the penalty arising from the recent Tyrone-Kerry league game was not rescinded or lessened, did the two parties accept the ruling and move on? No way. Instead, both are proceeding to the next highest appeals body in the GAA and there is the strong possibility that if they do not get what they want from that body, they will take their case to the highest appeals body in the GAA, the DRA.

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