Diarmuid Connolly Slams GAA As All-Ireland Club Final Replay Looms

An All-Ireland Club Final replay might be on the cards as the extra man at the end for Kilmacud Crokes v Glen puts result in question.

Six-time All-Ireland winner Diarmuid Connolly has weighed in on the All-Ireland Club Football Final controversy.

The Dublin legend has hit out at authorities over the incident which resulted in beaten finalists Glen appealing the result.


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What Happened In All-Ireland Club Football Final?

Kilmacud Crokes celebrated a first All-Ireland Club title since 2009 following the final whistle at Croke Park on Sunday after they held on to beat the Ulster champions by two points, but the outcome has been thrown up in the air by footage appearing to show the Stillorgan side had 16 players on the pitch for a crucial late play as the Derry men chased a match-winning goal.

Betting on the prospect of an All-Ireland club final replay has now been suspended by BoyleSports after Glen launched an official objection, but Connolly insists the decision should have been made for them.

Diarmuid Connolly Exclusive: Immediate Action Should Have Been Taken

“It’s a difficult one to call,” he said. “But there’s been a lot of messing about and the GAA should have stepped in and taken it out of the teams’ hands. They should have made a stance one way or the other.

I think they’ve been poor in not coming out and making the decision for themselves.

Ball Should Not Have Been In Glen’s Court To Ask For All-Ireland Club Final Replay

“It shouldn’t be for Glen to appeal. It’s been trial by media the last few days because Glen manager Malachy O’Rourke said afterwards they’d accept the result, now that has changed.

“I was at the game and you could see the Kilmacud managers gesture for players to get off the field, but one of them was literally on the goal line and that is obviously a huge thing.

Officials Need To Be More Like Soccer Refs

“I wouldn’t be happy if I was a Glen player, but equally I wouldn’t be happy if I was in the Kilmacud Crokes team because…

…this issue should have been put to bed by an official not allowing a player onto the pitch before one has left.

“It should be like soccer – you shouldn’t end up with 16 players on the pitch no matter what the scenario. That’s up to the officials on the sideline to dictate. The GAA should be stronger on that.”

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