Wednesday 13 December 2017

Louth fan sues Cooney over Leinster final debacle

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

GAA president Christy Cooney is being taken to court by a GAA fan who is still aggrieved at the controversial climax to last year's Leinster football final.

Meath won that game even though their winning score against Louth was an illegal goal that was thrown over the line by Royals star Joe Sheridan.

A man who lives near Drogheda, but inside the Meath border, is taking a case against Cooney, which could force him to appear in court next month.

Mornington man Paddy Garvey is the plaintiff in the case, which has been set for the Dublin Circuit Court on December 13.

In his summons, Garvey, who was not contactable yesterday, contends that the GAA "deliberately" broke its own rules of play when it declared Meath winners of the 2010 Leinster football championship.


Tyrone referee Martin Sludden was attacked in the immediate aftermath of the match for allowing the goal to stand.

Garvey's case centres on the fact that Meath were awarded the game, despite the fact that GAA rules were breached by Sheridan throwing the ball over the line.

An earlier attempt by Garvey to summons Cooney to court was dismissed by a Dublin District Court judge last July.

The GAA is believed to have taken legal advice already in relation to the case.

When the controversy first occurred on July 11, 2010, the GAA refused to intervene, despite admitting that an error had been made. They said there was no provision in their rules for offering a replay and left it up to Meath to offer a refixture themselves, which the Royals declined.

Irish Independent

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