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John Prenty

John Prenty

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John Prenty

A leading GAA administrator has described the proposal by hurling's 2020 committee to allow a double yellow-carded hurler to be replaced as a non-runner.

Connacht Council secretary John Prenty has admitted there is much merit in the recently published report but questions the contention that there is no cynicism in hurling.

"If the committee believe that there is no cynicism in hurling then it will not be long until there will be. I think that this proposal will not be a runner," he comments.

He also believes the proposal to split the national referees committee is ill-advised.

"To have a separate hurling referees committee, in my opinion, could be divisive and unnecessary. There has always been a balance in the National Referees Committee whose brief, in essence, is to ensure that all referees in football and hurling referee the games in accordance with the rules," he points out.

"The fact that the present committee under Pat McEnaney has been strong with referees in ensuring that the rules are applied properly should be a badge of honour, not a reason to split the committee in two.

"Referees make mistakes, players make mistakes, managers make mistakes and in my opinion this proposal is a mistake."

Prenty has labelled underage managers as the "main perpetrators" to the burn-out issue in Gaelic games.

"Reports on the amounts of work being undertaken by minor squads at present is frightening," he writes.

"They are not allowed train until February but some are being flogged at the moment. By championships time in June they will either be flying or wrecked. Probably wrecked!"

Irish Independent