Tomás Ó Sé believes that the GAA’s decision to allow Dublin play two Super 8s games at Croke Park shows there’s a major disconnect between the rule-makers at the top and the Association’s members.
On Saturday at Annual Congress a Donegal motion calling on the Dubs to play two of their three All-Ireland quarter-final group games outside of Headquarters.
But their proposal was defeated by 64% to 36%, allowing the Boys in Blue use Croker as both their home venue and a neutral venue. In the Super 8s every team gets one game at home, one game away and one at a neutral ground.
"The top table – do they dictate what happens?" asked Ó Sé, speaking on RTÉ2 Allianz League Sunday.
"Congress is supposed to be a democracy, but I don’t think it is. It’s a small percentage of people who run it their own way and in a way it’s our problem because we don’t get it across to the clubs and get our voices across.
"To me, there’s a total disconnect between the rule-makers and the players and the people on the ground. I think it’s unfair and I think Donegal were completely legitimate.
"Mayo are the second biggest support in the country and they were brought down to Newbridge last year – half of their fans had to miss out and what’s good for the goose is good for the gander."
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Fellow RTÉ GAA analyst Colm O’Rourke agreed, saying: "Counties shouldn’t be permitted to nominate Croke Park as their home venue and as a neutral venue – they can’t be the same thing. Their third match should be outside Croke Park."
Ó Sé added: "The argument that Donegal put forward was perfect. It was called negative and mean-spirited – I don’t think it was."