Members of the GPA have voted to escalate their protest against restrictions on paying inter-county player fees.
Last night’s meeting of over 60 team officials and captains voted to reject a number of official GAA launches planned in the coming weeks.
So far, player actions have been limited to a refusal to deal with the media on matchdays over the past two weekends.
A message sent to members this afternoon outlined some of the examples of what they described as “disappointing treatment” of players when it came to spending.
An unnamed county claims that “more than 20 players who live outside their county are not allowed to claim expenses from that address Friday through Sunday.”
“Trying to force them to only claim expenses from their family address in their county.”
Additionally, some players who were part of extended early-season rosters and who have since been released from those rosters have had their cost claims denied, while all roster members outside the official limit of 32 have also been snubbed despite incurring the exact same costs.
“Players reiterated their belief that players should under no circumstances be used as a cost control measure,” read the message, signed by GPA CEO Tom Parsons.
The timing of the escalation is significant and will be a major headache for Croke Park as sponsors rely on player access to further their association with the GAA’s flagship competitions.
Allianz, the league’s main sponsor, was set to host a series of events involving players from different countries ahead of the upcoming final round of the competition.
Each of the six main sponsors of the senior championships (three football, three hurling) had also organized media presentations, with prominent players always present and available for interviews.
According to the GPA’s correspondence with its members, “Players will write to the GAA’s commercial sponsors to update them on the players’ position and it is likely that a flag break will occur at upcoming events.”
It added: “The unity shown on the call last night was a very clear example that we are in this together. Players noted that we are still open to discussions with the GAA to resolve these issues.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gpa-members-vote-to-escalate-protest-over-inter-county-player-expenses-41487987.html GPA members vote to escalate player spending protest between counties