Limerick minor hurling manager Diarmuid Mullins believes that the GAA "owes an apology to young players" with the way that they've communicated the move to Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.
The GAA today announced that the 2020 inter-county Minor and U20 championships will be 'paused' from midnight on Wednesday as six weeks of Level 5 restrictions begin from midnight.
There had been confusion as to what Level 5 would mean for Minor and U20 games.
The Government's plan for this level stated that "professional, elite sports and inter-county Gaelic games, horse-racing and greyhound racing" were permitted to continue behind closed doors".
But NPHET’s recommendation was that only "senior inter-county" competitions should take place in GAA competition and it took until Wednesday afternoon for the GAA to come out and confirm that only senior games will continue.
Mullins believes that the lack of clarity from the GAA has added to the confusion felt by counties and he feels that Croke Park have let the players down.
Speaking on 2fm's Game On, he said: "On Monday night we were training and we knew that if it went to Level 5, the Taniste said last week that inter-county action may not take place. So I think there was an onus on the GAA that when it moved to Level 5 to clarify what was going to be the situation with Minor and Under-21.
"I think that's been very, very disappointing.
🎧 "I think the GAA really owes an apology to young players about how they have been treated' - @LimerickCLG minor hurling manager Diarmuid Mullins told @GameOn2FM why he is unhappy with communication from the association over Level 5 restrictions 🎧 #rtegaa pic.twitter.com/QfqWPQf6oI— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) October 21, 2020
"I think the GAA owes an apology to young players about how they've been treated.The communication shouldn't have been through the media. Some players this morning when they got up, that was the first time that this was on the cards.
"The level of communication from the GAA in making this decision has been very poor and I also think that pausing the competitions isn't a very logical decision.
"I think for the players I'm really disappointed, they're young players that have given a huge amount of time since this time last year when they were training for the Minor Championship.
"Then to come back, even though we were going to miss out on the round-robin aspect of the Munster Minor Championship, which was brilliant last year. We were fortunate enough to be successful but even if you weren't successful, it meant minor players were playing the senior games.
"There was a huge amount of development and minor isn't all about winning competitions, it's about developing players.
"I just feel really, really disappointed for the young lads and the players. I think there's a sense of frustration from our point of view from talking to other minor managers about the lack off communication or effective communication from the GAA.
"That's most disappointing for young players involved."