GAA President Liam O'Neill reveals sanctions are planned for dummy team selections

Updated: Thursday, 20 Jun 2013 12:01 | Comments

Wexford made six changes to a team that was originally announced to play Dublin
Wexford made six changes to a team that was originally announced to play Dublin


GAA President Liam O’Neill has confirmed plans to punish managers that name misleading teams prior to Championship matches.

Wexford made six changes to the team that was originally announced to play Dublin in the Leinster Hurling Championship drawn game, one of a number of matches this year that had incorrect selections named before throw-in.

The GAA President said: “I’m not very happy with it. I think that the supporters deserve when they buy a programme and the team is lined out, they expect to see it. I can understand difficulties when people cry off late because of injury and illness and that is fine.

“But other than that I think people should be treated more fairly than some of our managers are doing at the moment.”

O’Neill revealed that the GAA are unable to dish out any sanctions for the offence but have discussed the matter and will push ahead to bring in punishments for offending managers.

He added: “At the moment the match regulations do not allow (punishment). We didn’t foresee this as being a big a problem this summer as it is.

“We decided at a central council meeting last Saturday that we would have a review of it at the end of the Championships.

"We will take whatever steps that have to be taken to put penalties into rule that would make people comply.

“We’re not interested in giving fines to county boards. There is no use in adding insult to injury to county boards strapped for money.

"Whoever offends a match regulation should take the consequence, him or herself.

“We will try to move to a situation where the penalties will be imposed on those that don’t comply. It will be our plan to implement this and was my suggestion to do it.”

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