GAA president John Horan said the association felt it had no choice but to pause all club fixtures after problematic post-match scenes were highlighted. 

The GAA and LGFA have paused all club fixtures "with immediate effect and until further notice", as huge uncertainty surrounds the 2020 inter-county championships in light of NPHET's latest recommendations and the government's expected decision to move to Level 3

While all fixtures have been suspended, training can continue as long as participants adhere to all relevant public health guidelines. 

The GAA stated that post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved "disappointing and problematic", with Horan outlining his disappointment with the latest turn of events. 

"We are very disappointed that we have reached this decision," he told RTÉ Sport. "It caused difficulty to make it, but I think we have made the right decision. Public health is the most important thing. 

"There were issues with the compliance of organising our events, and particularly the post-match events  that were going on. 

"We felt we had no choice but to shut things down. The actual games weren't really the problem, it was the post-match element. 

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Cork GAA today issued a statement asking supporters not to breach safety guidelines after video emerged showing crowds celebrating after Blackrock’s county hurling final victory on Sunday, while there have been other instances of fans failing to maintain social distancing in the aftermath of victory. 

Horan explained that the decision was arrived at in part after recent talks with the then Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Ronan Glynn.

"We sent our communication out to our membership and unfortunately, we didn't get what we required"

"Dr Glynn and myself had a conversation during the week where he asked for extra compliance throughout the organisation," said Horan.

"It was based on that conversation that we sent our communication out to our membership and unfortunately, we didn’t get what we required. 

"We did communicate during the week, but we felt that message just wasn’t take onboard." 

Bars and social clubs are also to close but "training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government's National Framework for Living with Covid-19 and relevant guidelines in the Six Counties".