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GAA chief Páraic Duffy: We did not snub players' group

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By Declan Bogue

Director-General of the GAA, Páraic Duffy, has denied the Association did not listen to their players, by not granting the recently-formed Club Player's Association (CPA) an opportunity to address Congress.

The CPA was formally launched in January and were opposed to the motions to restructure the All-Ireland football Championship - which went through on Saturday morning without any real difficulty. And, Duffy believes that they can establish a strong working relationship.

"I met with the CPA four times and the first two meetings were extremely positive meetings," he said.

"I have never said one negative thing about the CPA."

He also answered the Gaelic Player's Association, who claim 70% of their membership were opposed to the reforms, which will see group stages introduced at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage.

"The GPA took their position. That's their right. I can't answer for the GPA.

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