The Donegal County Board Secretary, Aideen Gillen, says gambling in the GAA has got to the point where ‘influential’ club people are being contacted to aid with betting on games.
In her annual report, to be delivered to this evening’s annual county convention in Donegal Town, the Dungloe woman has highlighted the growing struggles with ‘easy accessible’ means of placing bets.
The Donegal secretary welcomed the ‘Reduce the Odds’ campaign, recently launched by GAA President John Horgan, but has warned of the dangers.
“Unfortunately gambling on GAA matches at county and club games is becoming increasingly popular,” she wrote.
“Internet betting is easy accessible with odds available to many aspects of our club games throughout the year.
“We have come to the stage where influential club people are being contacted prior to games on the composition of club teams in order to assist betting.
“Other sports have had their problems and I would hate to think that some of the difficulties that they have experienced would spread to the GAA.”
The secretary said she feared for the ‘wellbeing of our members and the integrity of our games’