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Oisin McConville Says 'World Has Gone Mad' After Reaction To Dublin Training

Oisin McConville Says 'World Has Gone Mad' After Reaction To Dublin Training

It was a bit of a PR disaster for the GAA when images of players from All-Ireland champions Dublin were released earlier this week.

The association has been very clear in their support of current Government guidelines, although they remained hopeful of getting inter-county action back underway as soon as possible.

Seeing their most high profile team breach the restrictions on training was not what they needed as they attempted to drum up support for a return of the sport. Manager Dessie Farrell was immediately hit with a 12-week ban after some strong reaction to the news from the public.

However, Oisin McConville wasn't surprised that Dublin were training.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Sportsound, the former Armagh star said he saw little wrong with what Dublin did.

I was in no way disappointed. The world has truly gone mad.

If you look at the reports in the last few days you will see shock, horror, embarrassment, disappointment.

I understand the rules and why they are there but you had eight or nine players on a pitch in the open air kicking a ball around.

The Dublin County Board have known how to act in terms of PR but a mountain has been made out of a molehill.

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McConville was also reacting to the news that juvenile players are set to return to training in the coming weeks, something he feels should have been done months ago.

In general, he feels the GAA have handled this situation poorly in recent times.

We should have been moving in that direction some time ago.

The GAA has not fought the corner of their players well enough and they haven't fought the corner of their juveniles well enough.

Juveniles should have been back on the pitch months ago.

We didn't fight the good fight for our elite sportspeople either. The communication from the GAA has been poor and few and far between.

We keep hearing about the things we can't do but what about making things happen. We have been let down badly.

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