Saturday 20 January 2018

Challenge games incidents can't be solved by 'arrangements' - GAA president Aogan O Fearghail

Davey Byrne (right) in action for Dublin
Davey Byrne (right) in action for Dublin
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

GAA president Aogan O Fearghail has said there can be no 'local arrangements' with indiscipline among teams who play challenge matches.

Responding to question about an incident prior to a Dublin/Armagh challenge match which left Dublin footballer Davy Byrne with extensive facial injuries O Fearghail said indiscipline in every game, regardless of its status, must be treated the same way.

The president was speaking at the launch of the All-Ireland hurling championships in the Dicksboro club in Kilkenny.

"I think every game that is played, whether it is an All-Ireland final or a parish game, a club game, a challenge game or whatever, every game is governed by the same rules, every game is governed by the same principles and when incidents happen at any game

"I don’t interfere with the day to day running of how games are organised but I certainly have a view that every game has to be followed by the same rules, the same principles and when an incident occurs, if it occurs, it should be investigated in the exact same way for all games, no difference."

He said he didn't know at what stage the CCCC investigation was at but added:  "Every game has to be treated in the same way. You can’t have local arrangements and you can’t have a situation where something happens and we think it happened, we’re not sure it happened. I wouldn’t have any belief in that.

"I think our system is quite strong on the principles of investigative procedures and I expect it to happen."

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