Plan B becomes Plan A — for now

THE GAA last night confirmed that the post-match presentation following Sunday’s All-Ireland SFC final will take place in the Hogan Stand and not on the pitch.

The news is not unexpected after hopes of presenting the Liam MacCarthy Cup to Kilkenny captain Michael Fennelly from a pitchside podium evaporated when supporters flooded on to the playing surface.

A statement from Croke Park said: “The Association has urged all patrons to remain off the field at the end of the game in the interest of the health and safety of players, officials, stewards and spectators.”

It has also been confirmed — as revealed in the Irish Examiner on Tuesday — that the minor presentation will take place on the field of play and will be followed by a lap of honour by either Mayo or Armagh.

The GAA is expected to continue its efforts to introduce pitchside presentations next year and has confirmed that it will be holding talks with the government about the possibility of introducing legislation which would make pitch incursions illegal.


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