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It's easy to see why fears are growing for GAA season while fans simultaneously clamour for crowd admission

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Passionate plea: GAA president John Horan wants attendance figures to be raised

Passionate plea: GAA president John Horan wants attendance figures to be raised

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Passionate plea: GAA president John Horan wants attendance figures to be raised

Earlier in the summer, GAA president John Horan found himself fending off brickbats when he suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic might render the 2020 season null and void.

Yet Horan has been among the first to take a stand and urge the Republic's government to sanction maximum attendances of 500 at club games "sooner rather than later".

With the current limit of 200 people applicable in the Republic - people and not fans, as this figure includes the teams, managers, medical personnel, referee, linesmen, umpires, ground staff and media - and no followers permitted to attend games north of the border, there are now serious concerns that severe financial hardship could be endured as well as a possible loss of goodwill from the more seasoned followers.