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Staff are sidelined

By Declan Bogue

The GAA's Central Council has, as expected, passed a rule severely limiting access to the sideline for management teams.

While previously up to 12 people could be stationed on a sideline, a number of recent incidents have provoked the displeasure of GAA chiefs.

Now, only five people will be allowed in the vicinity of the playing field — the team manager, a selector, one medic and two water/hurley carriers.

Others — such as additional medical staff, statisticians, selectors and county board officers — will be forced to take their place among the substitutes in the stand.

A change has also been made to the 2014 Allianz Hurling League, with two groups of six teams making up divisions 1A and 1B, the top four teams in both proceeding to the quarter-finals and the beginning of an elimination series.

Also on the agenda was a decision on a proposal for Congress on a new structure for the 2014 Hurling Championship, but this was deferred until the next sitting of Central Council next month.

Sean Dunnion, of the Four Masters club in Donegal town, was elected as new Donegal chairman at yesterday’s annual convention.

He succeeds PJ MacGowan who has stepped down after his five-year term ended.

Danny McNamee succeeds Charlie Cannon as vice-chair. Cannon had challenged for the role of chairman but was unsuccessful.

Jim Quinn saw off Edward Molloy after a second vote to secure the role of Public Relations Officer.

Also at the meeting, Auditor Enda Bonner confirmed that six clubs owe the county board a combined debt of €57,000.

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