Monday 19 March 2018

O'Neill: it's time to punish 'dummy team' managers

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Liam Ó Néill
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

THE GAA are looking at new ways to tackle the practice of naming 'dummy teams' in the build-up to games.

Association president Liam O'Neill revealed that they are looking into throwing the book at team managers who release false teams into the public domain, a practice that has become commonplace.

"I was asked if it was time to start punishing people rather than issuing fines and I think it is," said O'Neill (right)

New regulations introduced this year mean teams have to be submitted to Croke Park midweek, but O'Neill wants more change and he hinted suspensions could be considered.

"We discussed this at Central Council and I expressed an opinion that until we have a situation where a person who offends, breaks a rule or the spirit of a rule suffers the consequences himself, nothing will change.

"Unfortunately, our match regulations for this year didn't take it into account. It probably needed a penalty. In this sort of situation you need a penalty, so that people tow the line.

"Fining county boards is not a solution, because they're cash-strapped enough. I would prefer whoever infringes the match regulations would suffer the consequences.

"We have to find a way of doing that. We would like to bring about a situation out of respect to the fans who come and support our games that the information we provide them with would be accurate.

"I don't think it's really that difficult."

Elsewhere, Stephen O'Keeffe, Shane Fives and Brian O'Sullivan have been brought into the Waterford side for Saturday's All-Ireland hurling qualifier against Offaly.

O'Keeffe is restored between the posts after Ian O'Regan started the Munster SFC defeat to Clare.

Elsewhere, Jim Gavin confirmed that he expects Alan Brogan to play some part for the Dubs this summer.

A long-standing groin injury has kept the 2011 Footballer of the Year out of action since last year's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo – where he appeared briefly as a sub – and there has been growing concern for his season, but, while he won't feature against Kildare on Sunday week, Gavin says he's not far from a return.

"He hasn't done full (training), but he's on the park and he's moving very well," said the Dublin boss.

Kevin McManamon is available after missing the Westmeath game with a hamstring injury.

Waterford (SH v Offaly) – S O'Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, D Fives; P Prendergast, KMoran; J Dillon, S Prendergast, S O'Sullivan; J Barron, M Shanahan, B O'Sullivan.

Laois (MH v Wexford) – E Rowland; G Dunne, R Mullaney, E Cuddy; D Palmer, C McEvoy, C Stapleton; L Bergin, R Delahunty; J Lennon, C Collier, A Corby; D Cripps, J Campion, S Bergin.

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