Tuesday 21 November 2017

Tyrone PRO calls for pundit disrepute charge

Tyrone PRO Eunan Lindsay:
Tyrone PRO Eunan Lindsay: "While players and management have been charged with bringing the Association into disrepute arising from comments after a match or on social media, punditry is unregulated" (Stock photo)
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

High-profile GAA pundits could be charged with bringing the game into disrepute if a prominent Tyrone official gets his way.

PRO Eunan Lindsay has suggested that pundits should face a similar range of sanctions to managers and players who get themselves into hot water over post-match comments. In his report to annual convention, Lindsay calls on Croke Park to take on the issue of analysts making offensive personal comments on various media platforms.

"The cottage industry that has developed around 'punditry' by former players and managers on TV and in newspapers is one which must be looked at closely by the GAA centrally," he said.

"While players and management have been charged with bringing the Association into disrepute arising from comments after a match or on social media, punditry is unregulated, can be much more cutting and appears to be without the risk of sanction by the Association regardless of the personal nature of the comments," he added

Elsewhere, this weekend's Railway Cup fixtures involving Ulster sides have been rearranged due to the funeral of Danny Murphy. Ulster's hurling tie with Munster now takes place on Sunday in Thurles at 1.45, while the football clash between the same provinces will be played on at 2.0 on Sunday in Parnell Park. The GAA's CCCC will meet on Sunday evening to determine the dates and times for the Interprovincial finals.

The Leinster v Connacht fixtures take place as planned tomorrow in both codes. The hurling takes place in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh at 2.45 while the football fixture throws-in at Parnell Park at 6.0.

Elsewhere, Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé has joined Billy Morgan's backroom team at UCC for the forthcoming Independent.ie Sigerson Cup campaign.

Irish Independent

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