Wednesday 22 November 2017

Why does GAA get away with riots while soccer clubs get the red card?

God, they just can't help themselves, can they? Less than a month into the new year and those neanderthals in the GAA show their true colours yet again by proving to the civilised population that thuggery and violence lie at the core of Gaelic 'football'.

Last weekend in Portlaoise a club game between Kerry's Dromid and somewhere called Derrytresk, in Tyrone, erupted into scenes which even seasoned Bogball correspondents described as the worst they'd ever witnessed.

The melee saw one player concussed and another with a fractured cheekbone and lacerations to his back, received as a result of being stamped on while he lay prone on the pitch.

Apart from the ferocity of the brawl there's also the age-old problem of people entering the field of play to assault officials and opposition players. GAA fans seem to think they have some sort of right to run on to a pitch and lep about like lower-order primates, a delusion not shared by followers of other sports.

The pitch is sacrosanct and the reason we're all in the stands or on the terraces is because we're not good enough to be down there. Football and rugby fans have no problem accepting this simple and straightforward fact of life but GAA heads seem to think they're a separate case.


The GAA's central ethos of 'the parish is all' also feeds in to the kind of mayhem we saw in Portlaoise. Localised tribalism is bad enough, but when you add in the natural chippiness of Nordie culchies then you have a brawl waiting to happen.

Interestingly enough, an upcoming game between another team from Kerry, Killarney's Dr Crokes, and those fine, upstanding patriots from Crossmaglen Rangers, also set for Portlaoise, has seen the Kingdom club ask for all their supporters to be seated together.

They were desperately trying not to use the word 'segregation', but that's clearly what they meant, given that when the clubs met in 2007 there were claims that three Dr Crokes' players were assaulted/intimidated by supporters of the Bandit Country boggers.

If what happened in Portlaoise last Sunday occurred during a game between Shamrock Rovers and Bohs there'd be people facing jail and both clubs would be dealt with in the most severe manner for not controlling their players and supporters. Then again, one rule for football and another for the GAA -- same as it ever was.

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