Sunday 8 December 2019

Jamie Carragher considers paying Dromard's €2,000 GAA fine

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Jamie Carragher's soccer school are considering an offer of financial support to the Longford GAA club that has been fined €2,000 for allowing their grounds to be used to host one of the schools run by the former Liverpool defender last August.

Dromard GAA club's appeal against the fine has been ruled out of order because it was submitted last week outside the three-day window allowed for in GAA rule.

The club took the three-day window to be three 'working' days but it is in fact three days from the date and time of notification.

The Irish Independent understands that Carragher has been updated regularly on developments and with the appeal route now exhausted, his school may be prepared to help out with the fine.

When news of the penalty broke 11 days ago Carragher's school issued a statement to the Irish Independent outlining that they would meet "to discuss what assistance it can offer to the club concerned".

The GAA's Management Committee brought the case against Dromard under rule 5.1 which governs the use of Association property and originally proposed ¤3,000 before Central Hearings Committee reduced it.

A local soccer club from nearby Cavan, UCL AFC, hosted the three-day event.

The GAA has shipped some criticism for the pursuit of the case, which is the first of its kind to be taken against a club, with several of those critics questioning the fine in the context of the money raised by hosting concerts in Croke Park.

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