The Mayo County Board have slammed the GAA’s scheduled throw-in time for their second-round qualifier fixture with Down next Saturday.
The first championship meeting between the two counties was fixed for 7 pm at Páirc Esler meaning that the Mayo supporters face a long trek across the country for the evening time fixture.
Following the decision, Mayo PRO Paul Cunnane expressed his disappointment claiming it was an unfair ask for the notoriously well-travelled Mayo support.
“We’d like to say we’re disappointed at the throw-in time for seven o’clock on the Saturday evening,” said Cunnane.
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“On Monday we had requested to the CCCC that the game would throw-in at three o’clock, taking into account the round trip facing our fans.
“We were very surprised and disappointed then to find out that the game is down for 7pm. It’ll easily take seven or eight hours as a round trip for people from Mayo and you can add more on to that if you’re coming from the north of the county.
“When you consider the large number of Mayo fans and large number of families that support the team, it’s very unfair. Fans won’t be back in their car until 9pm or 10pm, if the game goes to extra-time, and then won’t get home until 1am or 2am. For players it’s going to be even later by the time they get on the road home. We think it’s very unfair on players and fans, especially those with young children.”