Galway manager Tim Rabbitt has hit out at what he referred to as the "disgraceful" treatment of players in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies football semi-final which took place in Croke Park on Sunday.

Cork booked their place in the 2020 decider, where they will now face Dublin, after overcoming the Tribeswomen 2-17 to 0-13 in a fixture that was mired in controversy

The game was due to take place at the LIT Gaelic Grounds, but the Limerick hurlers needed the stadium for a pre-All-Ireland training session and it was then moved to Parnell Park

However icy conditions meant the Donnycarney venue was unplayable, so the match was 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. 

Originally scheduled to throw in at 1.30pm, the start time was brought forward half an hour as Croke Park was hosting the All-Ireland men's semi-final between Tipperary and Mayo later in the afternoon.

The late change meant that TG4 could not show live coverage of the game, while Galway only arrived at Croke Park 30 minutes before throw-in.

Galway manager Tim Rabbitt said what happened was a "joke" and "totally unacceptable"

"We didn't agree to a 1pm [throw-in]," he told RTÉ's Morning Ireland. "We agreed that we would play it, that we would get there as early as we could, once we were given assurances that we were given sufficient time. Whether the game threw in at 1pm or 1.10pm, we weren’t concerned about that once we were given assurances that we could do a proper warm-up and we were properly prepared.

"That all changed when we got to Croke Park. We were allowed our 14 minutes in the dressing room, which is all you are allowed with the Covid situation at the moment.

"But the minute we took the pitch, LGFA officials, referee, straight away in our ear. 'Six minutes, you’ve got six minutes to warm up."

Cork made all the running in the opening half and enjoyed a healthy 2-05 to 0-04 lead at the interval, and by the time referee Seamus Mulvihill blew the full-time whistle, the margin between the sides was 10 points.

Looking back on how events unfolded, Rabbitt is regretful that Galway didn’t resort to stronger action once it became clear they were being rushed to the throw-in. 

"Cork deserved that victory; they were the better team. I don't want it to sound like sour grapes but that’s the time we should have taken a stand.

"We should have just walked off the field. We shouldn’t have continued on until we had a sufficient warm-up in place.

"The disrespect that was shown once we hit Croke Park was completely unacceptable."

"This shouldn't be happening. When we talk about 20/20, when we talk about equality in the game, these kinds of incidents should not be happening and the LGFA has to make sure this doesn’t happen again

"This wasn’t good enough; it was a joke and I regret I didn’t take a stronger stance on it."

His Cork counterpart Ephie Fitzgerald said it was the latest example of the female sport failing to get the respect it deserves, adding he couldn’t understand why the match wasn’t played at a venue that made more logistical sense for both teams. 

Fitzgerald also said the failure to televise the game also had a significant impact. 

"All I want for them is that they get the same treatment as the guys," he said.

"My argument was and has been from the start, why are we making things difficult for us? We talk about lifting the spirit of a nation. There was nobody that saw that today. I would have just thought that if we could have got a pitch where we could have travelled in the one day, then that would have made it a lot simpler. "

In a statement released after the game, the LGFA conceded the venue switch "wasn’t ideal". 

"While recognising that a change of venue and time was not ideal, the alternative was to postpone the game. The health and safety of our players was to the forefront in the LGFA’s decision to proceed at Croke Park."