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GAA President Liam O'Neill calls for debate on FRC proposal

Updated: Tuesday, 10 Dec 2013 17:46 | Comments

Paraic Duffy, Liam O'Neill and Eugene McGee at the launch of the second Football Review Committee report yesterday
Paraic Duffy, Liam O'Neill and Eugene McGee at the launch of the second Football Review Committee report yesterday

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GAA President Liam O’Neill has called for debate on yesterday's FRC’s proposals for change to the football championship.

The Football Review Committee yesterday proposed a restructuring of the inter-county championship, which would see eight teams and, therefore, four quarter-finals in each province.

The committee, headed by Eugene McGee, proposes that the four preliminary round losers in the Ulster and Leinster Championships be entered in the Munster and Connacht Championships.

In the Irish Examiner this morning, O’Neill was quoted “This will open discussion. We’re asking people to debate the report, support the proposals or come up with better.

“It’ll go through the channels, Coiste Bainistí (Management Committee) will be made aware of it immediately.

“Our meeting is next Friday so that process will start and we’ll decide, depending on the initial reaction, where it’ll go but it won’t be going to Congress 2014.”

Yesterday, the FRC revealed proposals which would see eight teams and, therefore, four quarter-finals in each province in football,

The plan would see the four preliminary round losers in the Ulster and Leinster Championships be entered in the Munster and Connacht Championships.

Under the current system there is one preliminary game in Ulster and three in Leinster. The losers of these games would be entered into the draw for the quarter-finals of the Munster and Connacht Championships.

The losers of the Ulster Championship preliminary round would move to the Connacht Championship along with one of the Leinster losers.

The other two losers in the Leinster Championship would move to the Munster Championship, giving the province an eight-team football championship.

Connacht would then have a nine-team championship (including London and New York), with, unless New York decide not to compete, the Connacht Championship preliminary round match in Gaelic Park being retained.

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