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GPA have picked the wrong fight with this latest shot across GAA bows

Michael Verney


 

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Former Dublin footballer and GPA CEO Paul Flynn. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Former Dublin footballer and GPA CEO Paul Flynn. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Former Dublin footballer and GPA CEO Paul Flynn. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

There are some wars that just can't be won and the GPA have opened fire on the GAA about a topic which even the staunchest critics of Croke Park would find it hard to stand over.

There is a sigh of dismay every time a county publishes team expenses given the extraordinary rise in that area and GAA director-general Tom Ryan was right to raise the possibility of introducing a spending cap when he presented the Annual Report on Tuesday.

The collective outlay of county boards on senior inter-county teams came to a staggering €30m last year - a rise of nearly 12 per cent from 2018 - and such expenditure is simply unsustainable.