Wednesday 21 August 2019

Mayo hit out at GAA over throw-in time for qualifier clash against Down

The Mayo panel ahead of Roscommon defeat
The Mayo panel ahead of Roscommon defeat
Some Mayo supporters are looking at a round trip of more than eight hours to support their side. (stock picture)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The Mayo County Board have hit out at the timing of their qualifier with Down on Saturday week, insisting the 7pm throw-in is "unfair" on their supporters who face considerable travel time to attend, and return from, the fixture.

Some Mayo supporters are looking at a round trip of more than eight hours to support their side and after the draw was made, the county's top brass had lobbied Croke Park for an earlier throw-in.

"We would be surprised and disappointed the game has been scheduled for 7pm when you consider the larger number of fans that go to Mayo games and particularly the large number of families and people with children," Mayo PRO Paul Cunnane said.

"We don't see why the game couldn't have been put on earlier in the day. In fact we sent an email to the CCCC (Central Competitions Control Committee) on Monday afternoon requesting a 3pm throw-in or as early as possible, so we were surprised when we got confirmation it was down for 7pm."

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