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Longford GAA club fined €2,000 for hosting Jamie Carragher soccer school on premises

The summer camp took place last August.

Carragher's foundation hosts the soccer schools.
Carragher's foundation hosts the soccer schools.
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DROMARD GAA CLUB has been fined €2,000 for hosting a summer soccer camp on its premises last August.

The GAA’s Central Hearings Committee found the Longford club guilty of breaching Rule 5.1 (a) of the Official Guide, which deals with the use of property owned by or under the control of units of the Association.

The Jamie Carragher Soccer School took place on the club’s 3G pitch last summer.

The rule states that a GAA property ‘shall be used only for the purpose of or in connection with the playing of games controlled by the GAA and for such other purposes not in conflict with the aims and objects of the Association, that may be sanctioned from time to time by the Central Council.’

In a statement released on the GAA website, the Central Hearings Committee said the club admitted the infraction, however Dromard have since revealed they are appealing the decision.

“An Choiste Bainistíochta (Management Committee) instituted Disciplinary Action against Dromard GAA, An Longfort, alleging a breach of Riail 5. 1 (a) T.O. 2015, which deals with the use of property owned by or under the control of units of the Association.

“Dromard GAA requested a Hearing. At the subsequent Hearing, An Lár Choiste Éisteachta (Central Hearings Committee) noted that the Club admitted the infraction and imposed a fine of €2000.

“Dromard GAA have the option of appealing against the decision of An Lár Choiste Éisteachta to the Central Appeals Committee.”

The Jamie Carragher Soccer School has been running for the last three years and caters for boys and girls aged 5-11. The summer camp has taken place across a number of venues in Ireland since 2014.

– First published 22.31, 5 February

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