Donegal call for level playing field with Dublin and Croke Park in Super 8s

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Donegal are set to oppose the possibility of Dublin being able to play two games in next year’s All-Ireland quarter-final group phase at Croke Park.

The Central Competitions Controls Committee (CCCC) has put a document around the counties and lists a round of games as ‘a Croke Park round’.

Picture: Paddy McGrath in action for Donegal against Dublin in the All-Ireland quarter-final group phase game. 

This year, Dublin defeated Donegal in the first of the ‘Super 8’ games at Croke Park.

Dublin also had a ‘home’ fixture at Croke Park against Roscommon as well as the supposed neutral game against Donegal – which Donegal spoke out against at the time.

“For Dublin to declare Croke Park a home venue in the Super 8s and also have it as designated neutral venue isn’t a level playing field,” the Donegal County Board Chairman, Mick McGrath, said.

“We’re certainly not letting that issue go and I think there is concern about this out there in other counties.

“We do feel very strongly about this and were the ones jumping up and down about it last season.

“We’re not pointing the finger at Dublin but we don’t think any county should have two games in Croke Park in the Super 8s.”

Donegal may yet submit a motion to Congress on the matter.

McGrath is of the opinion that a proper neutral be used for games like this – noting that this year’s Dublin-Donegal fixture could have been played in Cavan, for instance.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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