Dublin GAA suspend Dessie Farrell for 12-weeks over training breach

April 01, 2021

Dublin football boss Dessie Farrell

Dublin GAA have suspended their All-Ireland winning senior manager Dessie Farrell for 12-weeks after a number of Dublin footballers breached Covid regulations.

The announcement came after Dublin carried out an investigation into an early morning training session on Wednesday involving nine Dublin footballers and a coach which was captured in photographs published in the Irish Independent.

Earlier today the GAA said they were frustrated and extremely disappointed regarding the revelations.

"It is with frustration and extreme disappointment that the GAA acknowledges reports today of a potential breach of both our own Covid guidelines and those of the Government relating to the restrictions in place around team training," said the Association.

Statement from Dublin GAA

Dublin GAA acknowledge that, following an investigation this afternoon, there was a breach of Covid-19 guidelines yesterday morning. 

The County Management Committee have suspended Dublin Senior Football manager Dessie Farrell for 12 weeks with immediate effect. 

The Dublin senior football management and players recognise that this was a serious error of judgement and apologise unreservedly for their actions.

Dublin GAA Management Committee

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