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Brennan says disciplinary procedures are like the Church – 'very slow'

DUBLIN centre-back Ger Brennan believes the GAA could "do an awful lot better" when it comes to processing disciplinary matters.

Brennan was referring to the ongoing case against a Dublin player who allegedly bit a Donegal opponent earlier this month with the GAA's Central Hearings Committee (CHC) not expected to deliver its findings until tomorrow at the earliest, just three days before the Dubs are due to take on Tyrone in the NFL Division 1 decider at Croke Park.

"Firstly, it hasn't really affected me or the team, we've just carried on in our preparations as we do for every other game," said the St Vincent's clubman. "From a personal point of view, I often compare the GAA to the Catholic church – they're very slow in processing and doing things.

"I think they could do an awful lot better. But it's not something for me to get into a lot when I'm still playing."

Despite the well-documented depth of Dublin's panel, Brennan has been picked to start every game he has been available for.


The 2011 All-Ireland winner missed the Kildare game after picking up a straight red card against Mayo, but was parachuted straight back into the side for the league clash with Tyrone after Johnny Cooper was ruled out late on,

He has started seven of eight games, despite Jim Gavin's willingness to tinker with his side.

"I was very much disappointed in myself and very much grateful to the team for pulling the victory out of the bag (against Mayo), which kind of helped how I was feeling after the game. It's not good to be letting yourself down or the team down like that.

"I suppose Gaelic is quite a physical game, there are times when things can boil over, and that has happened to me here and there."

Brennan was charged with the thankless task of picking up full-forward Stephen O'Neill when the Dubs last met Tyrone, but is likely to return to his more familiar No 6 role on Sunday, a position that has evolved under Gavin.

"I guess it's more of an open role at present. We are playing a more open style of football, but there's nothing set in stone just yet and styles of play are kind of progressing with each game.

"At the moment, there is more freedom maybe to support the attack in comparison to when I was playing with Giller – I think they'd an ankle strap on me, so I couldn't go any further than the halfway line! But in fairness, he won an All-Ireland like that, too, added the St Vincent's player."

Irish Independent