Published: 11:41 | 28/5/21

Disquiet over GAA spectator return decision

Donegal GAA chairman Mick McGrath believes the decision to allow 400 Armagh supporters into tomorrow night's Allianz Leagues Div 1 North clash at the Athletic Grounds gives them an unfair advantage.

His statement follows the decision by the GAA earlier this week to permit spectators into fixtures taking place in Northern Ireland as lockdown restrictions ease there.

In an effort to discourage cross-border travel, the GAA stipulated that no tickets should be sold to supporters from counties in the south, with 50 allocated for panel and backroom members of both teams involved.

“It has been explained fairly by Croke Park but our issue is that there is a nine-county Ulster and a 32-county National League and that the league is for the nation,” McGrath said.

“It started off under certain regulations, but if the regulations change one side of the divide or the other, it shouldn’t affect the regulations of a competition. Equality must be maintained.

“Armagh have an advantage, a rightful advantage of having a home game, but to give them a further advantage by allowing in 450 people to 50 people from Donegal, that’s an unfair advantage.

“To me, it was poor decision-making. We feel it’s unfair. Having said that, it’s not an issue for the players and management, their focus is completely on the game.”

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