Monday 18 December 2017

AIB Bank commits to €1.5m-a-year GAA sponsorship

Gaelic Games

AIB Bank are set to become the new partnership sponsors of the GAA football championship
AIB Bank are set to become the new partnership sponsors of the GAA football championship
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

AIB Bank are expected to be announced this morning as new partnership sponsors of the GAA football championship.

AIB have successfully sponsored the club championships for almost 20 years but will replace GAAGo, the official online streaming service for Gaelic games outside Ireland, who came on board just before last year's championship after Ulster Bank's withdrawal.

They will join SuperValu and eircom who have been sponsors since 2010 and 2011 respectively. The deal is believed to be worth in the region of €1.5m a year.

Meanwhile, the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee have proposed a one-match sideline ban for Tipperary football manager Peter Creedon for comments he made about referee David Coldrick's performance in the aftermath of his county's narrow first-round away league defeat to Armagh.

Creedon's comments prompted a CCCC investigation and he spoke to the disciplinary body on Tuesday night.

The GAA have rarely pursued managers or players for comments about officials made in the media but have now done so twice in the last few months.

Last October, Kilkenny manager Brian Cody was charged with bringing the game into disrepute for comments made about referee Barry Kelly but a proposed two-month ban was reduced to just a warning about future conduct by the Central Hearings Committee.

At the November Central Council meeting, the GAA decided to apply sideline bans to team officials who make derogatory comments.

Irish Independent

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