Cora Staunton believes that the Cork and Galway footballers were treated like second class citizens at Croke Park on Sunday, and the former Mayo star has called for all three Gaelic Games associations to merge under the one umbrella. 

Sunday's semi-final was originally scheduled for Limerick but was then changed to Parnell Park in Dublin. However, the pitch proved unplayable due to a frozen surface and the game was subsequently moved to Croke Park.

Both teams were contacted at 11am by the LGFA and agreed to the change in venue upon reassurances that there would be sufficient time for the team warm-up. 

But as things turned out, Galway were not given enough time to warm up on the pitch as the throw-in time was moved from 1:30pm to 1pm, and manager Tim Rabbitt labelled it a "disgrace" and added that he wished he had taken his team off the pitch in protest. 

Staunton said it is very disappointing that this is still happening and female athletes are still feeling disrespected in 2020. 

"It’s very disappointing that on a Monday morning we are not talking about Cork’s fantastic performance and that the news is about this debacle and this farce that happened yesterday," said Staunton, speaking on the RTE News at One.

"I’ve been playing the game for a long time and what happened yesterday has been happening for the last 10-12 years, so it is really disappointing that these things are happening in 2020. 

"I listened to [LGFA president] Marie Hickey’s interview and at times the interview blamed Galway for not getting out on the pitch in time, and she spoke about player welfare. 

"That’s not player welfare. The Galway players arrived at the pitch at 12:30pm and they were expected to start the game at 1pm - I think the game started at 1:09pm." 

Staunton said that if the same situation happened in a men’s match, there is no way that they would be treated the same. 

"Absolutely no way [would that happen]," said Staunton.

"In my knowledge of ladies football the pitch inspection is done a lot earlier and a back-up pitch is always had, especially for a championship match. 

"So then the girls were arriving up in cars and arriving late at the pitch and being treated like second class citizens. It’s really not good enough in this day and age." 

Staunton said that it beggars belief that there are still three organisations for Gaelic Games, especially as the ladies’ games do not have their own facilities and rely on the goodwill of the GAA. 

And the four-time All-Ireland winner has called on all three to merge, with the help of political leadership if needs be, to avoid situation like this occuring again. 

"We look at the FAI, the IRFU or even in Australia with the AFL, they are all under the one umbrella. Why do we have three separate organisations for GAA?

"Unfortunately, the LFA and Camogie Association don’t have their own facilities.

"I know Armagh Ladies are the first to have a ladies football facility, we’re not going to see in the next 10-20 years that there is going to be enough facilities for ladies football. 

"Unfortunately, we rely on the goodwill of the GAA and you’d hope that if they were all under the one umbrella that things like this wouldn’t happen.

"The question I would ask is what is stopping the three organisations coming together? Is it the GAA, is it the LGFA or is it the camogie? They said they have talked about it but what is stopping it. And if political leadership is needed to drive it... 

"We can’t be talking about this in another five years and the same old stories happening. It’s really disappointing that in 2020 that female athletics are not feeling respected."