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Mayo's Paddy Durcan in Allianz Football League action against Kerry in March.
Mayo's Paddy Durcan in Allianz Football League action against Kerry in March.

No decision made about concluding Allianz Leagues

By Cian O’Connell

A decision is still to be taken by the GAA about whether the 2020 Allianz Leagues will be completed.

Inter-county action won’t return until mid October with a fixtures schedule set to be released before the end of the month.

Speaking on Friday evening GAA Director of Player, Club and Games Administration Fergal McGill stated that it will be discussed in the coming weeks.

“In terms of the Allianz Leagues, we haven’t made any decisions, CCCC haven’t,” McGill commented. “We indicated previously that our preference is to finish out the Leagues, particularly in football in terms of round six and seven and in hurling, in terms of finishing Division Two and Three.

“In other words, the games in football and hurling which affect promotion and relegation, but we haven’t made that decision yet. Again, that’ll fall into the CCCC’s overall plan for finishing the season which will come at the end of this month really, once we’ve confirmed we’re taking the next step.”

In the Safe Return to Gaelic Games document it is stated that subject to no changes in medical advice or research there will be a resumption of inter county training from September 14.

Inter-county action is subsequently pencilled in to resume in mid October. “I think it’s very realistic,” McGill remarked.

“As I mentioned earlier, there is a cake here that has to be divided among a massive amount of participants. The overwhelming body of participants are club players so I think on any terms if you are given a full month to prepare a team, that’s plenty.

“We would love to be able to give inter-county team managers more, we would love to be able to give the club more. It is just not possible in the constraints.

“I know we had a couple of team doctors in our group. We didn’t just pluck a date out of the air.

"I think it’s practical. I don’t expect managers to be happy, far from it, but that’s a very different thing to whether it is practical or not.”

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