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20th Jul 2018

GAA release statement over Liam Miller tribute match fiasco

Carl Kinsella

Liam Miller tribute match

The GAA won’t budge.

Controversy has shrouded the upcoming tribute match in aid of the late Liam Miller’s family, as the organiser’s were denied permission to play the game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork’s GAA stadium.

Uproar followed the decision, as it meant that the game would have to be played in Turner’s Cross — which has a capacity of only 7,000 compared to Páirc Uí Chaoimh’s 45,000.

The decision was taken thanks to GAA Rule 42, which prohibits the playing of non-GAA games in GAA stadiums.

Despite much outcry, the GAA has released a statement on Friday evening that cements their position. The match will not go ahead at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The statement reads, “The GAA is prohibited in rule from hosting games other than those under the control of the Association in its stadia and grounds. The Cork County Committee and Central Council have no discretion in this matter.”

“Only a change at Annual Congress can alter this situation. Congress takes place in February each year.”

“The GAA has sought legal advice around funding received towards the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh and believes it is compliant with the terms and conditions laid down in September 2016.”

“The Association re-affirms its offer to provide hospitality facilities at the venue free gratis to assist fundraising efforts around the Liam Miller Tribute Match and wish the event organisers every success in their endeavours.”

Miller, who has played for Ireland as well as Man United and Celtic, passed away earlier this year from cancer, at the age 36.

The GAA’s statement can be read in full on their website.