Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Croke Park chiefs in Harte blast

GAA officials are fuming at Tyrone boss Mickey Harte over his weekend remarks about the format for deciding final places and relegation tie-breakers in the National Football League.

Harte slammed officialdom after Saturday night's victory over Kerry when he was told that previous results between teams and not scoring difference will count — unless there are three or more counties involved.

In that case, points difference will be used to separate teams.

Harte, whose side are in a relegation dog-fight, said: “So, they tell us when the season is over? That's unreal, that we are playing games of that nature and our season depends on something that nobody has actually told us about.”

A Croke Park spokesman said: “This was a rule change voted on last year. Tyrone had a full delegation and it was highlighted to the counties last October.

“It is the responsibility of inter-county managers to be aware of the rules.”

\[Peter Hutcheon\]”It is the responsibility of inter-county managers to be aware of the rules. If there have been any communication problems over this, the managers should look to within their own counties and not be complaining almost a year after this was brought in.”

Tyrone's result against Dublin and Mayo's against Cork on the week-end after next will have a huge bearing on the outcome of Division one.

If Mayo lose to Cork and Dublin beat Tyrone, then the Dubs qualify for the final because they have previously beaten Mayo.

A series of results have to occur if Tyrone are to be relegated but the last round of matches bring pressure on virtually every team in the division.GOURLEY INJURY KO, Page 56

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