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GAA Accept ‘Bonding Experience’ As Reason For Prohibited Dublin Trip

Four counties will lose home advantage for one game in the 2019 Allianz Leagues as a result of breaching rules on training camps, according to a report in the Irish Independent, but Dublin have escaped punishment.

Seventeen counties were originally investigated but only Wexford, Armagh, Waterford and Laois will have their League fixture moved to a neutral venue.

It is believed all four counties will appeal the decision to the Central Hearings Committee, arguing that although they were on ‘away trips’, no rules were broken.

The rule states that no county can engage in training weekends or gatherings “of longer duration” except in the 10-day period before their first championship game. The punishment involving the loss of home advantage was introduced at a Special Congress last September.

The Wexford hurlers and Armagh footballers both travelled to Portugal while Laois and Waterford spent weekends in Ireland.

Jim Gavin Dublin manager

Dublin were investigated following their squad trip to France and Belgium in May, however, the GAA accepted the county’s explanation that the visit to Flanders Field was solely a bonding experience and a chance to ground the team.

Lee Chin was among those to argue that, like Dublin, the Wexford hurlers were on holiday “as a group of friends” but it appears his claims have been dismissed.

Wexford could lose home advantage for their crucial opener against All-Ireland champions, Limerick, in Innovate Wexford Park on January 27.

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