Monday 22 July 2019

GAA stand firm over Miller decision


The Liam Miller tribute match won’t be held in Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh the GAA has confirmed. (stock picture)
The Liam Miller tribute match won’t be held in Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh the GAA has confirmed. (stock picture)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The GAA is holding firm in its insistence that the Liam Miller tribute match won't be held in Cork's Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

In a 118-word statement released yesterday afternoon, it announced that is was "prohibited in rule from hosting games other than those under the control of the Association in its stadia and grounds."

This week saw a groundswell of public opinion calling on the GAA to make an exception for the soccer game which is being organised to raise funds for the family of the former Republic of Ireland star.

The 21-time-capped international, who also played GAA in his youth with the éire óg club, passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this year at the age of 36.

Earlier yesterday it seemed that pressure was growing on the GAA to find a way around the rulebook after the 7,000 tickets available for the game, which is fixed for Turner's Cross the home of Cork City, sold out in a matter of minutes.

However, the GAA insisted last night that its hands were tied.

"Only a change at Annual Congress can alter this situation," continued the statement.

"Congress takes place in February each year.

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"The GAA has sought legal advice around funding received towards the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and believes it is compliant with the terms and conditions laid down in September 2016. The Association re-affirms its offer to provide hospitality facilities at the venue free gratis to assist fundraising efforts around the Liam Miller Tribute Match and wish the event organisers every success in their endeavours."

Elsewhere, the impasse over the payment of grants to GAA players is at an end after the GPA, the GAA and Sport Ireland reached an agreement.

The GPA had cried foul at being required to provide home addresses of its members but part of an addendum to the inter-county player eligible expenses scheme reads that "residential address information is provided to the GAA on or before 31st March of the year in respect of which funding is payable."

The conditions of the agreement include: "Players shall participate in the Irish Sports Anti-Doping Programme and undertake, as required, anti-doping testing, including the taking of blood and/or urine sample, in competition or out of competition.

"Players shall understand that a refusal to submit to a test will have the same consequences as if the player had tested positive.

"Players shall know the substances and methods which have been included in the Prohibited List (as may be amended from time to time) and to take responsibility to make sure that any substance ingested by the player does not violate the Irish Anti-Doping Rules."

The 2018 payment of state grants will be made in the coming days.

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