Former Republic of Ireland internationals Paul McGrath and Andy Reid have heavily criticised the GAA after they refused to allow the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for a testimonial in Liam Miller’s honour.
The controversy comes after a charity the newly built venue was earmarked to host the game which is being played to raise funds for the former Manchester United and Celtic player.
Miller who sadly passed away earlier this year following a long battle with cancer, was also a former Ireland international having represented his country throughout youth and senior levels.
It is believed that the GAA have refused to let the game be held at the venue as they are sticking to organisation’s Rule 42, which forbids any GAA venue hosting non GAA sports.
However the decision which has not gone down well with many, has now seen the former Republic of Ireland internationals weigh in on the subject.
In a post on his Instagram account, McGrath blasted the GAA for their actions saying: “Isn’t it sad that the GAA didn’t allow the family of a Cork son Liam Miller hold his memorial match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Liam gave 110% to his country from under age all the way up senior level. #disappointing.”
Meanwhile Reid also disagreed with the decision by posting the following statement on his Twitter account: “Scandalous the Gaa wouldn’t allow the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Liam miller memorial match, Liam represented ireland from u15 all the way up to senior level and gave everything, shocking!!! No problem having Garth brooks or Neil diamond play Croker tho.”
It is now expected that the testimonial which will see a Celtic/Ireland XI take on a Manchester United XI, will be played at Cork City’s Turners Cross stadium which has a a capicity of just over 7,000.
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