Rumours about Liam Miller Tribute Game being played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh untrue, says organiser

Liam Miller.

Update 5.30pm: A family friend and organiser of the Liam Miller Tribute Match has said that rumours about the game being played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh are untrue.

According to Michael O'Flynn, the committee did meet the GAA to discuss a chance of the game going ahead in Páirc Ui Chaoimh but nothing officially was confirmed.

Speaking to Trevor Welch on The Score on Cork’s 96FM, Michael claimed that that social media comments were wrong.

When asked if this puts pressure on the GAA, Michael says no doubt it puts the GAA under pressure but the GAA themselves are very sympathetic to the situation but have their own rules.

Earlier: GAA to meet organisers of Liam Miller fundraiser amid calls to revisit decision on venue

Senior GAA officials have offered to meet organisers of a charity match to try to find a way to facilitate a Liam Miller testimonial.

The GAA Director-General and President are set to meet organisers early next week to "discuss issues around the game".

The former Republic of Ireland player Liam Miller died at the age of 36 in February after suffering from cancer.

Cork County board were receptive to hosting the game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

It was reported yesterday evening by Evening Echo sports editor John McHale that the fundraiser for Liam Miller's family had been moved to the Páirc.

However, there has been no official statement from the GAA confirming this yet.

Yesterday, the Gaelic Players Association had also called for the match to be played in the Páirc.

It said: "The contribution by the GAA and its members to the social fabric of this nation is second to none and we are proud of the part our players past, present and future have and will play in this.

"However we feel that the decision being taken here doesn’t align with our values as sportspeople and needs to be revisited."

GAA rules say that 'foreign' games need to be approved at the association's annual congress which takes place in February each year.

7,000 tickets sold out for the tribute game which is currently scheduled for Turners Cross.

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Sports Minister Shane Ross and several sports stars have commented on the controversy, appealing to the GAA to meet with organisers to resolve issues surrounding the charity match.

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