The GAA have reiterated their stance by stating that they are ‘prohibited by rule’ not to host any non association games at its stadia.
In a week were the association was heavily criticised by fans, political figures and sports stars, the GAA have denied the request of those wishing to host a one off soccer match in the honor of former Republic of Ireland international Liam Miller at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.
The GAA’s decision which has not gone down with the public has once again brought the association under the spotlight for its decision to stick by the much debated ‘Rule 42’ ruling.
Although the GAA have reiterated that any decision to host non-association events at their stadiums must be decided at its annual congres, many fans of both soccer and the GAA have been left angered by the association given that the match is a charitable event rather a sporting event.
However despite the calls by fans and other high profile figures, the GAA say the matter won’t be discussed until the next congres which is due to take place in February.
It is now expected that the game between a former Republic of Ireland/ Celtic XI and a former Manchester United XI will take place at Cork City’s Turners Cross stadium.
Tickets for the much sought after event sold out in less than 10 minutes on Friday and the proceeds from the tribute match are to be given to Miller’s family.