Clare’s defeat to Limerick in Sunday’s Munster quarter-final makes it irrelevant, but they risked forfeiture after togging out a player not on their 26-man registered panel.
According to the rule, which came into operation for the championship after being passed at Congress in February, no player can be added to the panel submitted on or before the Thursday morning prior to a weekend match, with the exception of a goalkeeper or sub-keeper. The penalty for doing so is concession of the match.
Conor McGrath had been named in the team listed in the match programme, but injury ruled him out.
However, Shane McNamara was togged out, wearing the No 27 jersey. Clare sources say he was not named on the bench, therefore was not part of the match-day squad and not a replacement for McGrath, but had been given a jersey as a reward for impressing in training. It remains to be seen whether the Central Competitions Control Committee will take any action .
There remains frustration in Clare with the performance of ref Colm Lyons. The camp have no issues with the number of frees awarded against them, but are perplexed by the lack of frees awarded to them, just one coming their way in the second half.
Meanwhile, Central Council has shot down Clare’s proposal to prevent Sky Sports picking up exclusive games in the GAA’s next media rights contract. The current deal runs out at the end of the 2016 championships, with Clare voicing concern at the number of people in rural areas unable to watch games shown only by the British broadcasters. Three clubs, Clonlara, Éire Óg Ennis and Scariff, had no issue with Sky being awarded championship games but argued that they also be made free-to-air.
Meanwhile, Central Council on Saturday chose to proceed with the appointment of a director of hurling. It was also agreed the GAA should work with a consultancy organisation to produce a best-practice template for developing hurling counties. As was proposed in the Hurling 2020 report, the standardisation of the sliotar has been prioritised, though they turned down the idea of championship squad numbers being designated to players. Replays of All-Ireland semi-finals do not have to be played in Croke Park.
The GAA’s 2016 World Games will be staged in Ireland from August 7 to 14.
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