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GAA defends Croke Park decision

The GAA has defended its decision to fence off Croke Park's Hill 16.

The height of the barriers is to be raised by almost two metres to 2.8 metres high, following consultations with the Association's Management Committee.

The recommendation was made following a safety review, carried out in the wake of the pitch invasion after last month's controversial Leinster SFC final, when referee Martin Sludden was attacked by Louth supporters.

"Traditionally, the Hill is the first area to invade the pitch. Once that breaks, the rest of the park goes. But this is not a kneejerk reaction to the Leinster final, it's been an ongoing review," said GAA spokesman Alan Milton.

"What happened with the referee after the Louth-Meath match was a once-off because the referee stayed on the field."

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