The chances of intercounty teams being sanctioned for breaking the rules around collective training seems virtually impossible given the mechanism considered to implement it.
A number of counties that had been meeting up for collective training have now temporarily halted activities as the issue comes under serious scrutiny over the last 10 days since senior GAA figures refrained from stating a punishment would be set in place for those that flouted the rules.
Some counties had pods of players meeting up to do weights sessions, but others were in the middle of full-scale collective training with full contact. Concerns were raised when some players were unable to take part in club activities after heavy training loads.
That attitude has now changed and it is believed that if counties return to training before the agreed start date of September, they can be reported for doing so.
Following a conference Zoom call last week with county chairpersons, some were reported to have admitted that their counties were breaking the rules.
It is thought that up to eight counties are under suspicion for doing so.
If such cases can be firmed up, the sanctions could apply in the form of suspensions to the county chairpersons or team managers by citing Rule 7.2 (e) which covers misconduct that is deemed to have discredited the Association.
How the cases are dealt with will, however, make it very difficult to level any related charges.
Club secretaries are being encouraged to send an email to Croke Park, detailing precisely when, where and how an intercounty training session has taken place.
In essence, with clubs gearing up for a return to play themselves from July 17, and the burden of proof falling on those making the accusation, the chances of successfully prosecuting a county are minuscule.
If officials are serious about imposing a penalty, then asking club volunteers to effectively tell tales about their own club people seems an odd way to go about things.
Former Treasurer of the Club Player's Association Anthony Moyles believes you could be waiting some time to see a successful case of a county charged.
"I think that would be a very scary situation for a county to be in," he said.
"It would be a scary situation for a county board to expose themselves and to allow themselves and the county to be in.
"There is a human factor that wasn't there. There is a health factor and there has been a lot of air time over the last couple of weeks over the club, county, the allotted time and there is a lot of focus on it now.
"I think the first county that are exposed to this would feel pretty isolated and hopefully it won't happen."
Moyles made the comments on Off The Ball and commented how a vacuum of leadership sprung up after the press conference on June 26.
"I think a lot of County boards and club officials want a lot of decisions taken out of their hands," he added.
"They want governance from the main authority, they want governance from the people who are being paid to give that governance," he added.
"And they want people to say, 'okay, here are the red lines, if you cross the line, here is the sanction, here is how much it is going to cost and here is the penalty that is going to be imposed'."
With the club season due to begin on Friday and the intercounty season poised to resume training on September 14, Moyles believes the enforced lockdown served to show there exists a way to find a more clear season for players across the country.
"It only took a global pandemic to show us there is another way, that there is enough time in the calendar year to fit all of this in," he explained.
"Club players I would say are chomping at the bit. It is going to be run off very quickly. There is a path laid out for them.
"They know when it is going to start, they know when it is going to end.
"I'd say they are happy out, albeit the different procedures that have to take place and the added inconvenience.
"But if anything has been shown over the last three to four months is that it is 100% possible to split the season, do whatever needs to be done to alleviate the pressure both on club and county players; to give them a definitive fixture list, a definitive time frame, a season and when you do all that, just set it in stone."