Cork footballers will refuse to play their Munster semi-final against Kerry in Killarney on Saturday 7 May.
It follows a meeting of squad and management last night, who issued a statement expressing their opposition to Páirc Uí Rinn’s Munster semi-final substitution.
On Wednesday, Munster GAA’s Competition Controls Committee moved the game from Cork’s “second” home due to capacity concerns.
Páirc Uí Rinn is currently able to accommodate 9,200 but with remedial action this could increase to 11,000, which is below the 22,000 the provincial authority has to look after based on previous visits to Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The 9,200 were determined following an independent statutory annual health and safety inspection.
Munster GAA originally set the game at Páirc Uí Rinn with the expectation that the venue would seat 15,000.
But the Cork players and management are now digging in and insisting they will not go to Kerry, saying in a statement overnight Munster’s decision will be driven by “financial benefits”.
Ironically, the game has been fixed for Páirc Uí Rinn as Páirc Uí Chaoimh is unavailable due to an Ed Sheeran concert being held there.
“We believe this reasoning sets bad precedent, it is wrong and goes against the values of the Gaelic Athletic Association,” the players and management added in their statement issued to the42.ie.
“We are therefore preparing for the Münster soccer semi-finals on May 7, 2022, which will be held at Páirc Uí Rinn. We will not play the game anywhere else.”
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