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Mayo GAA suspends three after Covid breach, but no sanction from Croke Park

Neil Treacy
Neil Treacy

12:09 12 Jan 2021

Mayo GAA have suspended three members of their senior management team for a period of three months each, following an unauthorised breach of Covid-19 regulations.

The Mayo county board have imposed the sanctions on the members of James Horan's backroom team after they attended December's All-Ireland football final without accreditation.

However, it's believed the county will not be sanctioned directly by Croke Park for the breach in Covid guidelines.

Under the Covid guidelines at the time, counties were only permitted to bring a management team of 12 into the stadium, with the three members of management obtaining entry to the stadium by "covert methods" and were discovered on CCTV.

A statement from Mayo GAA reads:

"Mayo GAA has examined the issue of the presence of unaccredited backroom team members at last year’s All-Ireland Football Final after it was recently brought to our attention.

"Following a review process, all unaccredited members of the backroom team admitted their mistake, apologised sincerely for their actions and have been suspended for 3 months," their statement says.

The county board say neither the county board nor manager James Horan were aware of their attendance on the day.

"These individuals attended the game without the knowledge of the County Boards officers and the team manager.

"Mayo GAA would like to place on record our commitment to the GAA and the Government’s Covid guidelines, all of which are in place for the safety and well-being of our players, members and the wider community," their statement concludes.

The three individuals have not been names, and will begin their suspensions upon the resumption of intercounty training, which has been suspended until further notice due to heightened Covid-19 regulations.

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