Thursday 22 February 2018

FAI avoid footing bill for injury to O'Dea

THE English FA may be paying Liverpool £500,000 for the injury Steven Gerrard sustained against France last Wednesday, but the FAI won't be compensating Ipswich Town for the hamstring injury Darren O'Dea picked up against Norway.

While the English FA have a comprehensive insurance policy to cover such injuries, the FAI rely on FIFA's ruling that insurance is a matter for the clubs. The relevant article states that "the club . . . shall be responsible for (his) insurance cover against illness and accident during the entire period of his release. His cover must also extend to any injury sustained by the player during the international match for which he was released."

This article, which has been in operation for the past two years, meant Manchester United were not compensated by the FAI for the injury John O'Shea received in the World Cup tie against France last November, and which kept him out of action for months subsequently.

In return, FIFA now compensates clubs who supply players to World Cup finals, and the top clubs have also been given a more active role in decision-making.

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THE failure of Giovanni Trapattoni to give a satisfactory answer last Wednesday to the question of why he brought on players about whom he knew plenty already, and left untried players like Seamus Coleman and Marc Wilson on the bench, has prompted different reactions.

One contends it shows his single-mindedness, while another deems his answers mere claptrap. Perhaps it stems from his problems with the English language, and maybe the solution is for him to reply in Italian and for his translator, Manuela, to pass on the English version. Either that, or the Irish press corps will have to take Italian lessons. Preferably in an Italian location!

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IN this rapidly-changing world, we must be careful that we don't abandon the old ways simply because they are old. But by the same token there is no point in holding onto traditions just because that is the way it was always done.

The GAA's recent announcement that TV3 has secured the rights to televise the All-Ireland minor finals for the next three years prompted Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, president of Conradh na Gaeilge, to ask the GAA if there is any plan in place to continue the tradition of broadcasting the minor finals in Irish.

Mr Mac Fhearghusa told the RTE website: "We are greatly in favour of the commentary of these games being broadcast in Irish, as has been the case for many years." Which is all very well and perfectly in keeping with the organisation's aims.

However, Mr Mac Fhearghusa went a step too far by suggesting that the GAA should include a clause relating to commentary in Irish in the broadcaster's contract. "The GAA have the power to ensure this happens. They will be the ones signing the contract, and they can make sure that the tradition of commentary in Irish will continue."

Unlike RTE, TV3 must rely on its own resources to pay the wages of its staff and should be allowed to present its coverage to best take commercial advantage of its investment -- not to mention the enjoyment of the majority of its viewers.

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TWO sports surgeons have produced a handbook on managing the care of injured sports persons on the field of play which should find a place in every manager's kitbag.

Sports Emergencies: Management Scenarios is researched and written by Professor John M O'Byrne and Mr Brian M Devitt. It is a practical, easy-to-use guide to help ensure that physicians, parents and spectators, at all sporting events, have sufficient information to manage sport emergencies until the emergency services arrive.

"The instructions will help people look after the player from the point of injury to the sideline and in particular will help them to recognise the severity of the injury, what can and should be done and to know what should NOT be done," said Professor O'Byrne.

Sports Emergencies: Management Scenarios is produced in a 'pocket size' format with a laminated cover so that it will withstand the weather at games. Published by Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, it costs €36.67 and is available online through amazon and other sources.

Seán Ryan and Fergus McDonnell

Sunday Independent

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