Tuesday 25 June 2019

Pat Spillane believes smaller counties are being 'forgotten' because the GAA has become about 'earning money'

Pat Spillane believes the weaker counties are getting a raw deal
Pat Spillane believes the weaker counties are getting a raw deal
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Kerry football legend Pat Spillane believes that financial considerations is widening the gap between the top teams in the country and so-called minnows.

Speaking on the Sunday Game last night, Spillane and former Dublin midfielder Ciarán Whelan fumed over the fact that Tipperary are being given just six days to prepare for a Munster semi-final with Cork.

Whelan said: "The least you deserve when you start out in your provincial championship is two weeks between each game.

"They deserve more, they’re not being treated appropriately and being asked to play in six days is not acceptable.

"No other county is being put in that situation. Why not the ninth or tenth of June and you still have two weeks to the Munster final?

"I don’t think it’s right and you have to ask, would the bigger counties be treated like that?"

"They’re coming in to play Cork, it’s their biggest game of the year and they’re being given six days. I don’t think it’s acceptable."

Limerick boss Billy Lee fumed over an administrative error that robbed him of a player for their defeat to Clare and Spillane feels team like Limerick are suffering because there is too much of a focus on profit in the GAA.

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"People will say out there on social media that we should be giving much more coverage to these smaller games and the minnows and that we’ve got rid of them, but we’re only reflecting what’s happening in the GAA world," he said.

"What we’re reflecting is the fact that the weaker counties aren’t getting the respect they deserve.

"There were three matches not played in Division 4. Limerick didn’t play their last match, Waterford didn’t play their last match. Could you imagine that would happen with Dublin or Kerry or Tyrone? It would not.

"Waterford and Limerick play again on June 9. Say they get a bad draw, one of the big teams and they get beaten. That means their two Championship games are played in three weeks and on June 9 goodbye.

"Wickow? Wicklow should be playing at home in Aughrim against Dublin, but for money it’s being moved elsewhere.

"The bottom line is that in the GAA sadly at the moment, it’s about money, it’s about earning money, the strong are getting stronger and the weak are just being forgotten about."

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