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Published: 12:59 | 28/3/18

GPA unhappy at lack of consultation on fixtures


The Gaelic Players Association has said players must be consulted on fixture changes in the wake of the decision to cancel the outstanding Allianz Football League Division 4 games.

The outstanding fixtures - Waterford v Leitrim, Wicklow v Limerick and Laois v Antrim - have been declared null and void because they will have no impact on the promotion places.

All three matches were postponed due to the recent snow but as Laois and Carlow have already qualified for the final the decision was taken to abandon the remaining games to allow the league finals to proceed as planned.

The decision has been met with widespread criticism and the GPA has said there must be greater consultation before such decisions are made.

A statement from the GPA read: "The GPA have had a huge response from members on the panels impacted by this weekend’s cancelled division four football league games. The players are angry that once again they were not consulted on key policy decisions that directly impact them.

"Alternative dates were put forward by a number of squads but it appears that these were not taken into consideration by decision makers. In these cases support was given by County boards for the proposed alternative dates.

"Speaking today President of the GPA, David Collins said: “The GPA have been working closely in recent days with the teams involved and we were very disappointed that the players were not asked for their input before the games were cancelled. We appreciate that the County Boards are under pressure and that adverse weather conditions have complicated the inter-county fixture planner, but there is no excuse for not consulting players before announcing the cancellations. These cancellations will cause significant disruption to teams who are preparing for the championship. The GPA will continue to meet with GAA representatives to make the case that such unilateral decisions are unacceptable and must not be repeated in future. Open dialogue with players is a far superior approach to handling situations like this.”

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