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No disputing the evidence on GAA discipline, says chairman Woods

Seamus Woods has hit back at critics of the GAA’s disciplinary citations.

Woods, chairman of the Central Competitions Control Committee, which is responsible for the initiation of disciplinary procedures, took particular issue with criticism of the role of video evidence.

His comments come after Kerry claims that Paul Galvin was a victim of video evidence.

“In my observation, these criticisms of procedures, and the regular condemnation of video evidence all seek to obscure one fundamental issue — did this alleged misdemeanour take place or not?

“The CCCC does not fabricate evidence. Foul play is foul play. Isn’t it about time that all players, managers, and county officials faced up to their responsibilities?

“The vast majority already do, but some are tempted to defend the indefensible, and overlook the blatantly obvious when it suits.

“Moral responsibility has to supersede narrow self-interest. We must never succumb to the temptation to blur the fundamental distinction between right and wrong, no matter how important any individual player is perceived to be.”

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He added that his committee generally assesses matches as they are played and rejected the common assertion that RTÉ’s The Sunday Game has a disproportionate influence on the actions of the CCCC.

“The decision to refer an incident back to a referee for review is always a collective committee decision.

“This process will be ongoing over the entire weekend throughout the inter-county season, given that there are National League games on Saturday nights, and football and hurling qualifiers, as well as replays and championship games on Saturdays throughout the summer months.

“The result is that decisions have already been taken, and incidents sent for review as deemed necessary long before The Sunday Game goes on air.”

Woods is also critical of what he sees as an ongoing ignorance within the media of the disciplinary procedures.

“The current disciplinary system has been in place since 2006 and the GAA has made exhaustive efforts to clean up the sport.”

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