Presentations back on pitch

GAA President Christy Cooney, pictured, last night revealed that the All-Ireland final trophy presentations will be held in the centre of the Croke Park pitch as the association bids to get tough on pitch invasions.

The GAA experimented with the concept in the late nineties but the scheme was abandoned in the wake of the break through All-Ireland wins by Armagh and Tyrone.

But given fears of serious injury – and increased insurance payouts – the GAA are again attempting to end the tradition.

Cooney said: “The focus is on the All-Ireland finals now, and we’re going to make the presentation in the middle of the pitch. We’re going to have ourselves organised to make sure we have no pitch invasions. I’m very optimistic we will put everything in place to make sure that happens, but we can’t do that without the support of spectators.

“The last thing we want to dois put fencing up around Croke Park.”


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