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Creavin defends GAA stance

Meath county secretary Cyril Creavin has defended the decision not to grant Louth a replay of the controversial Leinster SFC final, which the Royals won with an illegal goal.

Joe Sheridan's late score was incorrectly allowed, denying Louth a first provincial tile in more than 60 years.

But Creavin, in his report to annual convention, criticises Croke Park for not acting immediately and making it clear that a replay was not permitted by rule.

"The GAA cannot run its affairs on sentiment. Claims that Meath cheated are all wide of the mark as Joe Sheridan clearly made an effort to kick the ball to the net. Should there have been a re-fixture? The GAA should have made it clear immediately after the game, the cup was presented, the game awarded to Meath, end of story," said Creavin.

"Re-fixing games because of incorrect decisions would totally undermine the GAA system. That statement should have been made Sunday evening, that as the present rules stand under no circumstances should a re-fixture be considered."

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