Kildare are on a collision course with the GAA as they have rejected the choice of Croke Park as the venue for their All-Ireland qualifier round 3 match with Mayo on Saturday.

The GAA has insisted that the game will go ahead at Headquarters, despite widespread unhappiness in in the county at the loss of home advantage. 

The Lilywhites came out of the pot first in this morning's third-round qualifier draw on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland and, according to the rules of the draw, should therefore play at home.

However, the Central Competitions Control Committee has decreed that Cian O'Neill's team should play the All-Ireland runners up in a double-header at Croke Park on Saturday, in a 7pm throw-in following the meeting of Cavan and Tyrone.

A statement released by the Kildare County board this evening reads: "When notification arrived that the game was fixed for Croke Park, we informed the CCC that we would not be fulfilling that fixture, because it was a home draw for St Conleth’s Park.

"We are making it clear that we will not play this game in Croke Park.

"St Conleth’s Park is perfectly capable of hosting the tie on an all-ticket basis, Newbridge is perfectly capable of dealing with the number of supporters that will attend."

The capacity in Newbridge was a key factor in the CCCC decision - Mayo, along with Dublin, have the maximum allowed number of season ticket holders, all of whom are entitled to a ticket for each Championship game.

Cavan were also drawn first against Tyrone but Kingspan Breffni Park is out of commission for the rest of the summer as the pitch is being relaid.

Tickets for the games have also already gone on sale online, raising the potential issue of refunds if the venue was to change.

"It's a capacity issue," a GAA spokesperson told RTÉ Sport. 

"There were over 11,000 down in Semple Stadium  at the Mayo game at the weekend and Newbridge can take 8,500 when it's unreserved (seating).

"There are 3,500 season tickets in Mayo alone.

"The CCCC met today and the fixtures have been announced so they are not going to change them.

"They're not going to take it out and leave Cavan versus Tyrone as a single fixture.

"The game has been fixed and tickets are issuing."

Further complicating the issue is the running of the Irish Derby at the Curragh Racecourse at 5.15pm on Saturday, which is just outside Newbridge.

However, the Kildare statement said that Gardaí were happy for the game to go ahead as long as it was a 7pm throw-in.

In April, Kildare GAA applied for planning permission to redevelop St Conleth's Park into a 15,000 capacity ground with a scheduled completion date of 2020.