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Friday 23 March 2018

Replays would result in 'fixture chaos' -- Duffy

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

GAA director general Paraic Duffy has warned that the association's calendar could be thrown into "chaos" should replays apply for all championship games played in 2012.

A motion passed at last April's Congress means, as it stands, there will be no extra-time played in any senior championship match that ends in a a draw next year.

However, Central Council hope to reverse that decision by bringing a motion to next year's meeting.

"The proposal that was passed at Congress would mean you have replays in all championship games and all qualifier games that end in a draw," said Duffy.

"I don't believe that motion is implementable, for want of a better word, because it would lead to fixture chaos. If you had replays in qualifier games instead of extra-time you would have chaos.

"It will be on the agenda for the next Central Council meeting to look at the motion that was passed by Congress this year and see if we can seek an amendment at next year's Congress."

Duffy confirmed that Croke Park officials would be encouraging Dublin to host their league matches at GAA headquarters next spring and he opened the door for a Friday night match, provided the travelling distance was manageable for the opposition.

Earlier this year, a proposed Friday night clash between Dublin and Mayo was vetoed.

"It's one of those things we can't resolve until we get the leagues sorted out," said Duffy. "Clearly, Dublin will need to know how many home hurling games they have, and so on.

"But as far as we're concerned, we would hope Dublin will continue to use Croke Park. We won't be putting any barriers in their way."

The Monaghan man also confirmed that the introduction of a new staggered closed season, based on when a team is eliminated from the championship, is in the pipeline for the 2012 training moratorium and would be discussed at the next Congress meeting, which takes place on November 12.

Irish Independent

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