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The Gaelic Players' Association have written to all members offering some guidance during the coronavirus blanket ban (stock photo)

The Gaelic Players' Association have written to all members offering some guidance during the coronavirus blanket ban (stock photo)

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The Gaelic Players' Association have written to all members offering some guidance during the coronavirus blanket ban (stock photo)

The Gaelic Players' Association have written to all members offering some guidance during the coronavirus blanket ban.

The players' body have strongly advised that no unauthorised collective training sessions should take place, making it clear that players will not be insured in such circumstances, while expenses will not be paid.

It had been suggested in some quarters that the GPA might go some way to self-policing the embargo on collective training during this period, and they have produced some clear guidelines.

The email to their members read: "In light of the latest developments regarding Covid-19, the GPA's National Executive Committee has supported the GAA's move to postpone all games until March 29.

"The GPA and GAA have agreed that all collective training, collective gym sessions and collective team meetings are strictly prohibited throughout this period.

"Strict coherence is expected from all squads. Please also be advised that there will be no insurance cover for players if breaches of this directive take place, nor will any expenses be paid.

"It is essential that we show leadership and play our role in this and hold ourselves accountable for our actions for the betterment of all our communities. We have an opportunity to help protect the vulnerable members in our communities who are at significant risk.

"We understand the move to postpone the games will raise questions for many of you, however, at this point your health and safety, that of GAA supporters and that of wider society has to be the No.1 priority.

"If you or one of your teammates were to become infected, the whole squad would need to self-isolate for at least two weeks. These steps can help us pro-actively avoid that situation.

"We are in constant communication with the GAA on your behalf and will provide you with information regarding fixtures as and when decisions are made. We will update you as this fast-evolving situation progresses.

"I cannot emphasise enough how important it is that you all take responsibility for your own decisions within your respective counties.

"We have a big part to play as role models within our communities and counties."

Belfast Telegraph