Tuesday 28 January 2020

McEneaney blasts drawn-out venue decision

Eamonn McEneaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Eamonn McEneaney. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) meet today to decide which neutral venue Monaghan's 'home' match with Galway will be played at on Sunday.

It follows the Central Hearings Committee's (CHC) rehearing of the case last Friday night, when they ruled that Monaghan's next match should be played at a neutral venue for their part in a scuffle against Kildare in February.

The rehearing came on foot of a Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA) judgment on Monaghan's loss of home advantage for the game against Louth.

The DRA found that CHC had "usurped the expressly reserved scheduling and fixture role of the CCCC with respect to the National Football League".

The arbitration body gave a list of potential penalties that future CHCs should look at and among them was the playing of games at neutral venues as punishment.

However, it could be construed that by ordering a neutral venue the CHC are still "usurping" CCCC's role in much the same manner without giving prior notice of such a penalty being applied.

Monaghan have already indicated that they will appeal the decision and are perplexed that the CHC went ahead with the rehearing in their absence on Friday night.

The original Thursday night date was postponed at the CHC's request. The offer of a telephone conference call was turned down by Monaghan, according to a CHC statement over the weekend.

Monaghan manager Eamonn McEneaney admitted there is growing frustration in the county at the prolonged nature of this case.

"I think someone is trying to prove a point here at our expense," he said. "As management and players we have to get on with the business of preparing for Galway on Sunday and we're doing that."

The CCCC are likely to fix the game for either Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan or Glennon Brothers Pearse Park in Longford, both of which are free from inter-county fixtures on Sunday afternoon.

"The bottom line is that if this ruling goes ahead we will have five away games and just two at home. It is most unfair," McEneaney added.

Financially the decision, if it isn't reversed at appeal, will still cost the Monaghan County Board as the host county will be afforded their 10pc for staging the game in addition to other benefits which may accrue.

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