Saturday 21 July 2018

'Super 8s' on collision course with World Cup final

The soccer showpiece is fixed for Sunday, July 15 at 4.0 in Moscow. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
The soccer showpiece is fixed for Sunday, July 15 at 4.0 in Moscow. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The GAA are on a collision course with the World Cup final with the new 'Super 8s' portion of the All-Ireland SFC set to clash with the soccer decider in Russia.

The soccer showpiece is fixed for Sunday, July 15 at 4.0 in Moscow, the same weekend the opening round of the 'Super 8s' are down for decision which will see four games played in Croke Park across two days that weekend, including a mouth-watering pair of clashes between the provincial winners Galway and Kerry, and Dublin and Donegal.

The GAA won't confirm the fixtures for that weekend until Monday July 9, the morning after the four remaining places in the 'Super 8s' are filled with the conclusion of the qualifiers.

And while the GAA were thought to be considering playing three of those games on the Saturday and one on the Sunday, there is thought to be little appetite to change despite the huge interest in the World Cup final.

Earlier this year, some GAA fixtures were rescheduled to avoid a clash with Liverpool's Champions League final date with Real Madrid.

Irish Independent

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