GAA chairman calls for segregation of fans

Updated: January 26, 2012

A Kerry GAA official has called on the association to separate supporters as a safety procedure for next month’s AIB All-Ireland Club semi-final between Dr Crokes and Crossmaglen Rangers.

Crokes chairman Vince Casey feels the rival fans is a sensible measure after recent events involving supporters getting involved with matters on the field. It is common practice for soccer fans to be separated but to date the practice has never been required by the GAA.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, Casey said: “It’s basic common sense and good practice really because we want the 30 players on the field grabbing the headlines afterwards unlike the coverage our games have been getting over the past number of days.

“We are also looking for adequate stewarding and in view of what happened there on Sunday they increase the number of stewards at the venue and that also they have a bigger Garda presence than last Sunday.

“We would like to see the area in front of the where the substitutes sit to be well stewarded so there is no chance of anyone other than authorised personnel having any access to the pitch.

“We have mentioned it to the Kerry County Board and they will represent us at county level, and let Croke Park know about our concerns. Some county board officials were there and saw what happened in Portlaoise so they are aware of the situation.”

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