Wednesday 22 November 2017

Kilkenny supremo silent on warning over ref comments

Referee Barry Kelly
Referee Barry Kelly
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian Cody has declined to comment on the decision by the GAA's Central Competition Controls Committee to propose a two-month suspension for him over his comments about referee Barry Kelly after last year's All-Ireland final replay

Cody was warned about his future conduct at a subsequent Central Hearings Committee meeting which cleared him of the initial charge and yesterday he said he had no interest in revisiting his controversial remarks about Kelly's decision to award a late free, which Tipperary's John O'Dwyer narrowly missed, in the drawn game.

Cody has however cast doubt over plans to complete the club championships in the same calendar year and believes a more radical approach to addressing fixtures is required to facilitate club players.

The All-Ireland hurling final is being brought forward by a week and Cody would favour an even tighter inter-county schedule if it meant more time for club players.

Admitting there wasn't "an easy fix" the 10-time All-Ireland winning manager still feels it's one of the GAA's most urgent pressing matters, despite the fresh changes being proposed.

"Rushing in October, November, 'bang, bang, bang, we need to be finished those games'. That's not a solution at all," he said. "The fixture situation has to be looked at with the best interests of the clubs at heart.

"It has to be a priority, to maximise the opportunity for clubs to play meaningful games in a meaningful season," he added. "Taking bits and pieces in isolation is probably not the best way to approach anything. You need to pull the whole thing together."

Irish Independent

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