"One of the worst weeks in the entire history of the GAA"

July 03, 2018

Martin McHugh ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Martin McHugh believes it's been a terrible week for the GAA.

With Newbridgegate still fresh in the memory, the Association seems to be lurching from one controversy to another, what with Croke Park unavailable for matches on one of the busiest weekends of the year and the Leinster SHC final being played in Munster:

"This was one of the worst weeks in the entire history of the GAA," Donegal legend McHugh writes in The Irish Daily Star. "First there was the Kildare venue debacle. Then we had the Leinster hurling final being moved out of Croke Park due to concerts.

"And now it's starting to dawn on people that the GAA have made a mess of the Super 8s, with the provincial winners not afforded home advantage in Round One. This is probaby the biggest farce of them all. There's plenty more for the GAA to look at too.

"Like why the beaten provincial finalists don't have a home venue this weekend against qualifier teams with huge momentum on their side. Or how county managers are killing off games in stoppage time with endless substitutions.

"Then there's the farcical situation where counties appoint intercounty referees for challenge games and pay them generous expenses, knowing full well they will be in charge of some huge championship matches later in the summer. These are messes the GAA need to sort out ASAP."

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