GAA reach compromise on sideline medics controversy

Croke Park and the GAA doctors appear to have come to a compromise on the sideline regulations.

Both parties met on Tuesday where Gaelic Games Doctors Association (GGDA) representatives were informed medics would not be inhibited in any way from entering the field of play.

The GGDA will shortly discuss the arrangements but it appears doctors’ unease at the new stipulations has relaxed a little.

The sideline regulations, which came into force this year, permit just one medic on the sideline with most counties nominating their physio.

A number of doctors have expressed anger with the measure as they have been moved into the stands while there have been rumblings some would quit as a result of the regulation.

However, the GAA have assured the GGDA their members won’t be prevented in any way from carrying out their duties.

As it stands, each team is allowed two management members, a medic and two water/hurley carriers at pitch-side.

On Sunday, St Brigid’s manager Kevin McStay, a supporter of the regulations, sat in the front row of the Hogan Stand while coach Liam McHale and selector Benny O’Brien patrolled the sideline.

More in this section

Sport Newsletter

Latest news from the world of sport, along with the best in opinion from our outstanding team of sports writers

Sign up