The Kerry and Mayo senior football teams will line out in their alternative strips in the All Ireland semi final next weekend, having been instructed to do so by GAA chiefs.
Kerry will wear navy while Mayo will have red jerseys. The decision was taken as the colours of both counties are similar and would have made it difficult for tv viewers to distinguish the players.
“If the CCCC consider it a clash of colours then they can under rule instruct the teams to wear their alternatives strips,” explained Pat Doherty, the GAA’s national match officials manager. “Okay it hasn’t always happened with these two teams in the past, but that would have been a decision of the CCCC at the time.
“Television would have been a consideration too, but it’s really from the players point of view, so there’s no issue picking out their team-mates, or confusing them with their opponents. It wasn’t requested, but one county did inquire was it likely, and we told them yes. And they are agreeable to it.
“It’s different in the league as well, in that teams can toss for the alternative strip. But under rule if for match purposes the two teams are considered to have a similar strip then both must change.”