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CPA 'Concerned And Disappointed' By GAA's Tier 2 Football Championship Proposal

CPA 'Concerned And Disappointed' By GAA's Tier 2 Football Championship Proposal

The Club Players Association has criticised the GAA's decision to go forward with a vote on a proposed Tier 2 football championship at a special congress in Cork next month.

The GAA confirmed on Monday that the addition of a second football championship will be on the agenda at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

In a statement, CPA chairman Micheál Briody expressed disappointment that the vote will take place before a report is made by the GAA's fixtures taskforce.

"We are very concerned and disappointed that the GAA central management committee has decided to bring forward proposals for the Tier 2 competitions to Special Congress in October while the Fixtures Calendar Review Taskforce has not yet made its report, recommendations and options as directed when it was established in June," said Briody.

The Taskforce was asked to report by November and its work is ongoing.

Since our earliest engagement with Croke Park we have argued against this sort of incremental change which has hampered real progress in improving the lot of all players.

Now that we have in place a Fixtures Taskforce, surely we must give the people involved the respect to let them bring forward their considered recommendations within the agreed timeframe so our fixtures problem is addressed for all our players.

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Under the new system proposed by central council, the provincial championships would remain intact.

All National League Division 1 and 2 teams would eligible to progress to the All-Ireland qualifiers. Division 3 and 4 teams would only do so if they qualified for their provincial final. All teams from the lower two tiers of the National League who do not qualify for a provincial final would be entered into a straight knockout second tier championship.

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