Brennan: Disciplinary process like Catholic Church

Frustrated Dublin defender Ger Brennan has compared the GAA’s disciplinary process to the Catholic Church — claiming they both move at a snail’s pace.

The All-Ireland winning defender couldn’t cloak his disappointment at the fact that the Paddy McBrearty bite saga is still rumbling on, two and a half weeks after the alleged flashpoint. A Dublin colleague of Brennan’s has been hit with a proposed three match ban arising from investigations into allegations made by Donegal that young forward McBrearty was bitten during their Allianz League draw on April 7.

The player has requested a Central Hearings Committee meeting to contest the proposed ban which is expected to take place over the next 24 hours.

“Firstly, it hasn’t really affected me or the team,” said Brennan ahead of Sunday’s Allianz Football League final. “We’ve just carried on in our preparations as we do for every other game. From a personal point of view, I often compare the GAA to the Catholic Church — they’re very slow in processing and doing things. I think they could do an awful lot better.”

The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee contacted Dublin last Wednesday to confirm the proposed three match ban arising from an alleged category III offence.

That was 10 days after the game while another week has elapsed without the player’s CHC meeting taking place.

However, GAA Director General Paraic Duffy gave a strong defence of their disciplinary process.

“I could be drawn into a comparison here with another case and another sport and I don’t want to do that,” said Duffy. “I think it the process works fine and it does not raise any questions around how our structures work. I am absolutely happy with that.”

Likewise, Duffy denied that there is a veil of secrecy around the process with Dublin’s desire for their player’s name not to be made public largely being adhered to.

“There is no veil of secrecy,” continued Duffy. “We have to protect everyone’s rights here. I think the structure has proven it has worked very well. I don’t think this raises any questions about the structures but I really don’t want to comment This is still in progress but, no, I don’t think it raises any questions about the structures.

Duffy said a crowd of at least 30,000 is expected for Sunday’s double header of Division 1 and 2 finals.

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