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Dublin Supporters Plan Croke Park Boycott Over Banned Flag

Dublin Supporters Plan Croke Park Boycott Over Banned Flag
By Shane Cahill Updated

A group of Dublin GAA supporters are calling on all fans of the county to boycott Croke Park retail outlets at next month's All-Ireland quarter-final.

The group has an issue with the banning of a large flag from Hill 16. Yesterday it was announced that large flags, such as the one regularly see on the Hill during Dublin games, has been banned as the Dublin Fire Brigade view them as a fire hazard.

In a statement released by Dublin GAA supporters' social media pages, the banning of the flag was called the latest in a 'long line of ridiculous rules and regulations'.

It was also added that unless concerns are addressed, further boycotts could take place.

Yesterday's announcement that the large Dublin flag regularly seen at games would not be allowed on Hill 16 any longer was the latest in a long line of ridiculous rules and regulations for supporters who attend Hill 16 on match day. Unnecessary searches even before the new safety rules came in, caps taken off bottles of minerals, flags banned and a huge perspex screen are just some of the unnecessary 'safety measures' we have had to contend with.

Yet the GAA and Croke Park have no issue leaving stairwells and fire exits blocked during games along with keeping us penned in behind the perspex screen. Where are the perspex screens for the other stands? Yesterday's banning of the large flag has led us to finally say enough is enough.

We as social media pages that represent Dublin GAA supporters are therefore calling on all Dublin GAA supporters to boycott every retail facility inside Croke Park on August 5th. We would urge you all to bring your own food and drinks and not contribute one cent to the bars, shops and every other outlet inside Croke Park. We regret any loss to the franchises involved but the continued disregard for supporters has forced us to call for this action. This is the only action possible that allows us to protest while also allowing us to support our team.

We will continue the call for this boycott until the GAA addresses supporters concerns and may take further action in the form of boycotting games at Croke Park in the future if our pleas fall on deaf ears.

Dublin are scheduled to one of Monaghan, Down or Armagh in their August 5th quarter-final.

Photo by Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

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