(Video) Why not kick Armagh and Cavan out of the Championship in wake of week-end brawl? – Eamonn Mallie opines ..
By Eamonn Mallie3 Comments1 Min Read
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Maybe it’s the parades that are the problem, or their close proximity in some venues to the crowds? As for throwing the teams out for the brawl, that would be daft. These ‘brawls’ are expected in Ice Hockey and Aussie Rules, they even happen in that sport of gentlemen, rugby. There’s a lot of testosterone fuelling in elite sport – that’s not to excuse brawls – that’s just me understanding them.
Ironically, Eamonn, that brawl being shown across the world, especially to newcomers to the sport, will do it no harm at all.
I think the GAA acted swiftly in response – it’s up to the counties to punish the players as they see fit – but remember at all times, these guys play for the love of the game, the pursuit of victory and fulfilment from their chosen sport.
Eamonn to an extent you are right while the pre match brawl was unwelcome unsightly and uncalled for, championship is a battle the opposition are the enemy: no quarter given and none asked, gaelic games are renowned and for their passion, pride and rivalry and the pre match scenes witnessed were a poor manifestation of these attributes; a bit more discipline on the part of the players is required but let’s not go down the road of sanitising the game for the sake of political correctness to the detriment of the games and players itself