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Published: 09:35 | 25/4/16

Gavin unhappy with testing procedures


Dublin manager Jim Gavin has questioned the GAA's drug-testing procedures.

After watching Dublin claim a fourth successive Allianz Football League title, thousands of spectators at Croke Park stayed on to witness the GAA’s Laochra show, a commemoration of the 1916 Rising.

But four players, two from either side, were unable to watch the spectacular as they were asked to provide samples for drug testers following the Division 1 final.

Gavin believes it was wrong for the players to be taken away so soon after the final whistle and has called on the GAA to examine its drug testing procedures.

“We don’t want cheats in our game, that’s the first thing to say about it and obviously the main thing to mention.

"But I think it could be better managed. They are amateur players. Immediately after games, in my opinion, it’s not appropriate. They all want to enjoy the success and then for the other team, after losing the game, I think the last thing they need is somebody coming down to have an invasive procedure take place.

"They could pick a time during the week of the game. They could pop out to us or they could do it afterwards because every team now would surely have some recovery programme going on the day after the game. So there is plenty of opportunities to get your samples where you need them.

"Today, we have four players there from the teams and Laochra was taking place outside and they were in the dungeons of the stadium, being closed off and they didn’t have access to the entertainment. It just doesn’t sit right.

"The actors, well, they are the athletes that people came to watch today and for them to be treated that way, I don’t think it’s appropriate," Gavin is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.

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