Kildare refuse to play 'home' fixture against Mayo in Croke Park, county board v corporate battle ensues

de valera's' giddy goat

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Kildare refuse to play 'home' fixture against Mayo in Croke Park, county board v corporate battle ensues

Kildare have been drawn to play Mayo in round 3 of the All Ireland Gaelic football qualifiers in a draw made on RTE radio's Morning Ireland today.
As per the GAA's own policy the first team drawn out in a fixture has home advantage, with the exceptions of division 3 and 4 teams getting automatic home advantage against division 1 and 2 teams.

Kildare were set to play the fixture in St Conleths Park in Newbridge. However the GAA have stated that due to capacity concerns the fixture would be moved to Croke Park, as part of a double header with Cavan v Tyrone as the opening game, with live tv coverage broadcast by Sky.

Kildare county board have announced in a statement they will not play the fixture at Croke Park and are now set to be on a collision course with the top brass of the GAA.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0625/973114-kildare-mayo-qualifiers-draw-home-advantage-newbridge-st-conleths-park/
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/gaa-insists-kildare-will-forfeit-mayo-qualifier-if-they-don-t-play-at-croke-park-1.3543393
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/this-decision-does-not-make-sense-to-us-kildare-refuse-to-participate-in-qualifier-against-mayo-at-croke-park-37048218.html

Who will blink first?
 


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Kildare have been drawn to play Mayo in round 3 of the All Ireland Gaelic football qualifiers in a draw made on RTE radio's Morning Ireland today.
As per the GAA's own policy the first team drawn out in a fixture has home advantage, with the exceptions of division 3 and 4 teams getting automatic home advantage against division 1 and 2 teams.

Kildare were set to play the fixture in St Conleths Park in Newbridge. However the GAA have stated that due to capacity concerns the fixture would be moved to Croke Park, as part of a double header with Cavan v Tyrone as the opening game, with live tv coverage broadcast by Sky.

Kildare county board have announced in a statement they will not play the fixture at Croke Park and are now set to be on a collision course with the top brass of the GAA.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0625/973114-kildare-mayo-qualifiers-draw-home-advantage-newbridge-st-conleths-park/
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/gaa-insists-kildare-will-forfeit-mayo-qualifier-if-they-don-t-play-at-croke-park-1.3543393
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/this-decision-does-not-make-sense-to-us-kildare-refuse-to-participate-in-qualifier-against-mayo-at-croke-park-37048218.html

Who will blink first?
I'd like to see Kildare hold firm on this but I don't think the GAA will give in, they've acted terribly - the 'concerns' about health and safety seem a little convenient, if they were so concerned why wasn't there some mention of it before the draw.
 

EUrJokingMeRight

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WTF are Kildare whining about?

Mayo ALWAYS lose in Croker!

;)

My favourite knock knock joke is one I made up....

This only works on a mayo supporter after they lose another all ireland in croke park, it goes like this....

Knock Knock.

Who's There?

Not Sam.
 

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What is the stadium capacity of St Conleths Park?
Why does it matter? They are supposed to have home advantage. Them's the rules.

The health and safety argument is complete BS. Should be all ticket and they decide an amount of tickets to sell and that's it.
 

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Why does it matter? They are supposed to have home advantage. Them's the rules.
The only rule is that the GAA gets to make plenty of dosh, and there's all those empty seats in Croke Park to be dusted down. Only 40,000 there yesterday for a Leinster final.
 

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Capacity is 6,200 according to wikipedia. Again, so what? They sell 6,200 tickets in advance and there's no health & safety issue. Of course, it's not about health and safety, it's about the tens of thousands of tickets they could sell...
 

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Capacity is 6,200 according to wikipedia. Again, so what? They sell 6,200 tickets in advance and there's no health & safety issue. Of course, it's not about health and safety, it's about the tens of thousands of tickets they could sell...
I believe it's been developed and the capacity is 10K.
 

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Seated capacity is just over 8000 but it will hold a lot more if standing is allowed.

The GAAY as usual want to make money any way they can for their overpaid admin staff and junket whore coaches and selectors. They don't give a fook about protecting young players from bullies and foul mouthed sh1tbag coaches and trainers and now they show their utter contempt for the counties that take part in the biggest competition event in the country that earns them millions every year!
 

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Well done to Kildare for not putting up with this ************************e. The GAA are going very far astray with their money grubbing. Eventually they will kill the goose which lays those golden eggs.
 

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I don't think there is any GAA fan in the country tonight unhappy at the position the head honchos of the organisation are in right now.
 

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I called this back when they mooted first the guaranteed home game. The reality is there are only about 10 county grounds capable of hosting crowds of the level required this time of year, and Dublin are also not one of them.

I get from a sporting perspective where Kildare are coming from and the rules can't change as you go along, but the GAA run this competition and keep the gate, it's stunning nativity to think they will hold it in front of 8,000 with most of those being terrace priced tickets when they can play it in Croker.
 
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Kildare has no case here, they have set a precedent themselves a number of time by switching to Croke Park to play Dublin in Leinster Championship as not accommodate the crowd in Newbridge
 

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Kildare has no case here, they have set a precedent themselves a number of time by switching to Croke Park to play Dublin in Leinster Championship as not accommodate the crowd in Newbridge
They have played of qualifiers in Croke Park as well down the years, why only now are they kicking up such a fuss?
 

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They have played of qualifiers in Croke Park as well down the years, why only now are they kicking up such a fuss?
Because the GAA said first and third teams drawn play at home. That's Kildare and Cavan. When the draw was confirmed it became a double header in CP.

Kildare are insisting the GAA statement before the draw is binding.
 


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