Call to abandon “end of match positions” announcement

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Updated: April 30, 2011

Kilkenny county secretary Ned Quinn has called on the GAA to abandon their “end of match positions” public address announcements at Croke Park.

Quinn believes the announcements which are usually made around five minutes before the end of matches, puts unnecessary pressure on players:

“I’ve always said there has to be match regulations but I don’t see why this announcement is made. Could it not be a preordained thing that when you see there are five minutes left the people move into their end of match positions?”

The announcements are only made at Croke Park for the major finals and are not in operation at other grounds around the country. They are designed to get the match stewards ready to prevent supporters entering the playing area after the match concludes.

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