Glen hit out at GAA's refusal to rule on 16th man

January 24, 2023

Kilmacud Crokes' Paul Mannion with Ben Shovlin and Ryan Dougan of Glen. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Glen have described the GAA's stance of the All-Ireland club SFC final controversy as "extremely disappointing".

The Derry champions have been told that they must lodge an official objection before the GAA will review video footage showing Kilmacud Crokes had 16 players defending their goal in the last act of play, while a 17th player was still on the pitch, albeit not interferring with play. Glen, who have until tomorrow at 3.30pm to object, feel the onus shouldn't be put on them to raise the matter.

Having more than 15 players on the pitch at one time amounts to a breach of the rules which could result in a fine for Kilmacud, a replay or the result being overturned and the match awarded to Glen.

“Our chairperson Barry Slowey confirmed we would seek clarification from the GAA on the breach of rules at yesterday’s AI SFC club final,” the Watty Graham's said in a statement on Monday night.

“The GAA have reverted to us today to say that without an official objection from Watty Graham’s they will not review this matter.

“This is extremely disappointing for our club to be placed in this position and we must now take a short period of time to ascertain our stance going forward.”


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