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.
The GAA may have recorded record-breaking revenues of €74 million in 2019 - the bulk of which is generated from the inter-county game - but many county boards are at breaking point.
Many players are at breaking point also with a huge increase in drop-out rates in recent years and Laois dual star Cahir Healy recently told the Irish Independent that "the county game is like an arms race".
Counties are trying to stay on the coat tails of the bigger hitters "with astronomical money spent on coaches and preparation to try and turn teams into All-Ireland contenders" with Healy fearing for the future of the club game as it is dwarfed by the inter-county season.
Ryan spoke of the solution being "to start with a collective recognition that we take collective responsibility and start to reverse the trend now" and for the GPA to see this is a veiled attack on its members seems misguided.
Given their ongoing negotiations with the GAA - the latest arrangement between them expired at the end of last year but rolls over into 2020 - and their amicable relationship, it is surprising to see them take such umbrage with Ryan's comments.
In a statement issued last night, GPA chief Paul Flynn labelled the inter-county game as "the jewel in the crown of the GAA" and refuted any notion that county games were "the GAA's problem child".
"It is disappointing for our members, that the inter-county game to which they dedicate 31 hours of their time each week, as they proudly represent their counties, is once again being presented as the GAA's problem child," former Dublin footballer Flynn stated last night.
"Far from being a problem child, inter-county games, and the players that make them the spectacle that they are, continue to be the jewel in the crown of the GAA."
Having digested the Annual Report, it's hard to see where Ryan referred to the county game as a "problem child", a phrase which became associated with former FAI CEO John Delaney after he described the League of Ireland as the "difficult child".
The inter-county game is far from a problem - as last year's income suggests - but it does have significant areas that can be greatly improved, one of which Ryan suggested was to help level the playing field and prevent the county game from becoming a runaway train dominated by a select few.
"We have seen this ploy of painting inter-county games in a negative light used consistently to keep players down, to make them feel like they are lucky to be involved in the games," Flynn said before later adding.
"It is disappointing to see that it is the so-called unsustainable costs of those inter-county games commanding such a share of the GAA's attention."
Make no mistake about it, there is nothing "so-called" about the unsustainable costs which county boards the length and breadth of the country are burdened with on an annual basis and the sooner someone yells 'stop' the better.
This is one war the GPA just cannot win.