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GAA accused of disrespect after deciding not to reschedule league ties

 

By Colm Keys

The GAA's decision to declare the outstanding Allianz Football League Division Four games null and void has prompted an angry reaction from some of the managers most directly affected.

Three matches - Wicklow v Limerick, Laois v Antrim and Waterford v Leitrim - which all went by the wayside due to the recent adverse weather, have all now been shelved because they could not be completed ahead of the April club window that the GAA are determined to preserve.

Efforts by some of the counties involved to stage the games later this month or even, in one case, early May have failed.

In a statement, the GAA said it was "regrettable that the exceptional weather conditions of recent weeks have given rise to this situation and while it would have been preferable that the games could have been re-arranged before the conclusion of the league season, it was felt by the CCCC (Central Competition Controls Committee) that this should not happen at the expense of pre-scheduled club games in April."

But Waterford manager Tom McGlinchey, who had last week been scathing in his criticism in advance of this decision, said the Association was "once again showing disrespect and disregard for lower division teams".

McGlinchey said he had agreed with rival Leitrim manager Brendan Guckian to press ahead with their match on Wednesday, April 25 in Abbotstown if it was available, but this wasn't acceptable.

Waterford have club hurling action this weekend and again the following weekend before football games take place over two weekends after that.

He said the opportunity to play the game on Easter Monday wasn't feasible.

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