Glen (Watty Graham’s) have lodged an official objection to the outcome of last Sunday’s AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship final against Kilmacud Crokes.
Glen players and officials met last night (Tuesday), where it was decided to register their official protest, a move that now creates the very real possibility of a replay.
However, any potential replay would not take place this weekend as the process provides Crokes with three days to lodge a counter objection to any decision. The GAA’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) are expected to meet today to discuss the objection and decide what course of action should be taken.
Glen had until 3.30pm today to make a case and in a statement to Gaelic Life following Tuesday’s meeting they said: “Watty Graham’s GAC will lodge an objection to the CCCC in relation to the outcome of last Sunday’s All-Ireland club final.”
The regulation in the GAA’s Official Guide at the centre of the controversy is rule 6.44, which covers the matter of teams having too many players on the pitch. Penalties range from fines, forfeiture of a game or disciplinary officials ordering a replay.
It is felt a monetary fine in this situation might not be a sufficient penalty while forfeiture of an All-Ireland final on such grounds would be too grave a consequence, which leaves the third option, a replay, the most palatable.