Sunday 22 April 2018

Central Council rejects Mayo bid to stage semi-final replays in Croker

Mayo's bid to have all future All-Ireland semi-final replays played in Croke Park has been rejected
Mayo's bid to have all future All-Ireland semi-final replays played in Croke Park has been rejected
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A proposal that all future All-Ireland semi-final replays be played in Croke Park has been rejected by the GAA's Central Council.

The association's governing body considered a motion from Mayo, that didn't require Congress approval, at its weekend meeting but overwhelmingly gave the green light for replays to be played at other venues outside the capital.

The motion was submitted following last year's fixing of Mayo and Kerry's replay for the Gaelic Grounds because of the American Colleges football game in Croke Park on the replay date. It prompted an emotive debate about the use of Croke Park and the status of an All-Ireland semi-final.

The staging of the game in Limerick was considered a success however and provided some justification for the Central Competition Controls Committee who fixed the match there.


Central Council also rejected the Clare motion calling for the GAA to prevent exclusive championship broadcast rights for Sky Sports in the next media rights contract in just under two years' time.

That motion, which sought to address another emotive topic of the last 12 months, did not need Congress approval either but did not gain sufficient support from delegates from around the country.

Some of the 'Hurling 2020' motions, published earlier this year but which were left over from Congress, were also considered.

Approval was given to proceed with the appointment of a director of hurling and for work with an external consultancy to produce a 'best practice template' as a blueprint for all counties in an effort to promote hurling.

Central Council also approved the go-ahead for work on the standardising of the sliotar.

However, a move by the Liam Sheedy-chaired committee to have a motion at next year's Congress seeking championship squad numbers for all counties was rejected. The 2016 World Games will be played in Ireland from August 7-14, it was confirmed.

Irish Independent

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