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GAA Order Refs To Draw Every Match In Croke Park Between Now And August After Brooks' Announcement

GAA Order Refs To Draw Every Match In Croke Park Between Now And August After Brooks' Announcement
By Conor Neville Updated

 

Following the cancellation of all five Garth Brooks' concerts in Croke Park, the GAA have issued an emergency directive to a number of top inter-county referees to manufacture a draw in every match in Croke Park between now and the middle of August.

In secret files obtained by Balls.ie, we have learned that the GAA, aware of the threat of all five gigs being cancelled, discussed the possibility of drawing the Dublin-Kilkenny Leinster hurling final last Sunday, but this became unfeasible early on.

However, with the formal announcement of the cancellation, referees have been instructed to draw certain designated matches by any means necessary.

'Operation PJ Gillic' will see the Dublin-Meath Leinster Final in a fortnight's time finish in a draw, with the subsequent replay and second replay also ending in draws. After that it is at the discretion of the referee to decide whether he wants to draw the fourth game or not.

It has also been decided that some, if not all, of the football quarter-finals may also be directed to end in a draw.  They are usually scheduled on the August bank holiday weekend but they will have to be pushed back because of the Dublin-Meath saga.

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Odds on the Leinster Football Final ending in a draw fell from 14/1 to 1/3 after today's announcement

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