Tuesday 16 January 2018

'No ordinary fixture' – GPA

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"The rules are the rules. I couldn't stand here as president and say I'm willing to bend a rule. That won't happen."

Despite some disquiet about the fixture, O'Neill insists the game – which is the first midweek championship fixture since Limerick and Offaly met in a hurling qualifier in 2003 – is going ahead.

The GPA is also on board but they expressed their unhappiness about what they saw as a lack of consultation on Croke Park's behalf. "This isn't an ordinary fixture," said spokesman Sean Potts. "Players train and prepare for so long and to shift it into the working week is a major move.

"We understand this is a progressive step but this is a matter that should have been done in consultation with the players and the players' association.

"The issue of compensation in these conditions where a championship match has been moved for us is exactly the same as a player receiving travel expenses. In these circumstances, compensation is a valid topic."

Irish Independent

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