Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cooney ponders points penalties

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CROKE PARK will look into the possibility of deducting league points from counties who fall foul of disciplinary regulations, GAA president Christy Cooney has warned.

Monaghan and Kildare were reportedly hit with fines of €5,000 each for their part in the ugly scenes that marred their Allianz NFL Division 2 clash in Clones last weekend, and Cooney admitted that a points deduction may prove a better deterrent than monetary sanctions in certain scenarios.

"I think that might come," agreed the Cork native at the launch of the 2012 inter-provincial series that throws in this weekend.

"If the deterrent that is put in place now by the CCCC (Central Competitions Control Committee) doesn't get the required response from counties, maybe the CCCC will have to look at it in another way.

"I haven't thought about it but it will certainly have to be looked at because what happened in Cork and Armagh, and between Monaghan and Kildare, is unacceptable and it cannot continue.

"There has to be a serious message sent out that this is not acceptable and that players must understand that they just can't have a free-for-all at any stage of the game."

With his presidency coming to and end, Cooney insisted the GAA's disciplinary procedures have served the Association well during his term of office.

"We'll always have discipline issues because players are human beings: they'll do things they shouldn't do, they'll make mistakes and we'll deal with them appropriately.

"But I think our disciplinary system has worked extremely well.

"There has been, I think, one case that has gone to the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority) over the last three years.

"So that clearly recognises that the CCCC and the Hearings Committee are doing their job well."

Cooney also insisted he "didn't know anything about" Tadhg Kennelly's AFL camp in Tallaght yesterday that saw some of the country's brightest young talent put through their paces.

"I don't even know who is running the event in Tallaght. I did not even know it was on," said Cooney.

"I can't give you any view on it, because I don't know anything about it. I don't know who organised it, who is running it, what structure it has, what meaning it has. I don't know."

Irish Independent

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