Professor and Director of Sports Law at Melbourne University Jack Anderson has outlined that there may be no need to wait for the GAA Congress’ permission to hold Liam Miller’s testimonial at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Anderson outlined in a tweet that s5 1(A) of the GAA guide could give the Central Council discretion to sanction the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh “for purpose not in conflict with aims” of the GAA.
He then went onto say that despite not enjoying referring to the testimonial in such “cold legal terms”, Anderson still believes that this is enough discretion for the GAA to host the game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
During the week the news broke that the GAA had made the 45,000 seater stadium unavailable for Liam Miller’s testimonial in September as a rule change at the GAA Congress would be required as every pitch apart from Croke Park must first gain permission from the GAA for any outside use.
The decision had been met with much criticism from the sporting as many feel that the cause should outweigh the rules in this instance.
The GAA is rooted in community. Liam Miller and family are of our community. Páirc Uí Chaoimh underpinned by our community. The unique event organised to reflect that community ethos and to honour Liam Miller should be held in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) July 20, 2018
Scandalous the Gaa wouldn’t allow the use of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Liam miller memorial match, Liam represented ireland from u15 all the way up to senior level and gave everything, shocking!!! No problem having Garth brooks or Neil diamond play Croker tho😏
— Andy Reid (@AndyReidXI) July 19, 2018
Every pitch except Croke Park has to go before Congress for permission for outside use. So even though Cork county board were open to letting the Liam Miller testimonial match go ahead in pairc Uí Chaiomh (45000) they can’t use it and it will be in Turners Cross (7000) my God
— Tomás Ó Sé (@tomas5ky) July 19, 2018