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Burke blasts programme rule

PLAYERS whose names are not allowed to be included in the official match programme alongside their team-mates are being treated disrespectfully, according to one of the managers involved in next weekend's AIB All-Ireland club semi-finals.

Seamus Burke, who has steered Galway club St James' into the intermediate football semi-final against Gneeveguilla (Kerry) on Sunday, is disappointed that only 24 names can be carried as part of the official panel.

"It might sound like a small issue but it matters to those involved. Clubs have 30 players -- or maybe even a few more -- on their panels and they should all be treated equally. All the names should be listed together on the programme. Instead of that, only 24 are allowed.

"Apart from feeling that they're in some way forgotten on the day, it's unfortunate that players who put so much into their clubs won't have their names on the official match programme as keepsakes for the future. I just can't understand why this rule is in place. Who benefits from it?" said Burke.

Under rule, panels of 30 are only allowed on the match programme for senior inter-county championship games.

Burke also queried why St James' semi-final clash against Gneeveguilla is being played in Limerick with Rory Hickey (Clare) as referee. "I'm not in any way criticising the referee but I feel that he should be from a neutral province," he added.

Irish Independent