Wexford, Waterford and Laois are set to appeal their punishments for taking unauthorised training camps this week as it emerged some counties may have escaped bans due to the wording of the rule in question.

The hurlers of the former counties, along with the footballers of Laois and Armagh, were hit with the loss of home advantage for their next Allianz League game for breaching rule 6.22 of the GAA's official guide, which limits training camps to within 10 days of a Championship game.

The previously laxly enforced regulation was beefed up this year as part of the drive to free up April for club games.

Armagh are believed to have accepted their proposed punishment but the other three counties will have their case heard by the Central Hearings Committee.

The four may well feel aggrieved to have been singled out by the investigating committee.

Ten counties initially admitted holding group gatherings but for six of those the ambiguous language of the rule seems to have saved them.

"Senior Inter-County Panels shall not be permitted to go on Training Week-ends, or training of longer duration, after the Final of their respective National League having been played, except during the 10 days period prior to a Senior Championship Game, or during the 17 days prior to an All-Ireland Senior Final."

Counties who were not training - as Dublin insisted they were not on their team-bonding trip to the battlefields of World War One - or those who could perhaps show that they had only been away for one night escaped censure.

Wexford's assertion that their players were merely on a bonding trip to Portugal did not convince officials, however.

"There were a variety of reasons and some of them would be that they were away but not necessarily over the course of a weekend," a source told RTÉ Sport.

"You’re into legal definitions. Say you went away on a Friday night and came back on the Saturday. That doesn’t constitute a weekend.

"It needs rewording."