“It Makes My Blood Boil” – Damien Duff Slams The GAA Over Liam Miller Controversy

The outcome of this week’s meeting between the GAA and organisers of the Liam Miller testimonial match should determine if the match will be held at the 45,000 capacity Páirc Uí Chaoimh or at Turners Cross. 

The 7,000 tickets for the event have already been sold out but it is hoped that the game can be moved to the home of Cork GAA so that more people can see the game which will result in significantly more money being raised for Miller’s young family.

The last week has seen widespread condemnation of the GAA from all quarters due to the organisation’s initial refusal to hold the game at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

One man who is also frustrated with the GAA is former Republic of Ireland international, Damien Duff. Duff labelled the GAA “dinosaurs” and admitted that the association makes his blood boil when he spoke to Off The Ball AM this morning.

“I think it’s a disgrace. I think it’s Gaelic people, and whoever makes the decisions, saying that it is rule books and they don’t have their AGMS until next February, it’s a load of crap,” Duff said.

“It’s archaic. It’s just dinosaurs making decisions. A young man has passed away, who has left a young family behind and all they are looking to do is play a game that will bring people together.

“Firstly, a lovely occasion and will help Liam Miller’s family. I just find it disgraceful that they cannot open the gates of their stadium for one day. I think…I don’t know, I don’t read media or whatever, I’d like to think that’s everyone’s feeling on it.

“But I find it a disgrace, it’s the same old dinosaurs in the GAA making the same old decisions.”

“You hear a lot about GAA people. I know they opened Croke Park for the senior internationals years back but it’s absolutely ridiculous.

“Like I said, it’s just a game of football and that’s all I can call them, dinosaurs. They are hinting now that they might open the doors. I don’t know, PR wise it’s been awful for the GAA and rightly so.

“Even if they open the doors up and the game is played there, I still think they come out of it looking awful. So it’s a lose-lose for them now, and it serves them right.

“It makes my blood boil, I can only imagine how everyone in the committee feels about it as well. An absolute disgrace but I’m not really surprised.”

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