McGuinness insists on pay for Friday games

Tom Comack

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Tom Comack

McGuinness insists on pay for Friday games
All-Ireland winning Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has no difficulty with the playing of big GAA championship games on Friday nights.

All-Ireland winning Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has no difficulty with the playing of big GAA championship games on Friday nights.

However, the Donegal boss has insisted that if games are to be played on Friday nights, that the players must receive financial compensation.

He also insists that the paying of players should not contravene the Association’s amateur status.

“I’m sure they have got around it other ways, they’ll get around it this time too. They are not getting paid to play, they are getting paid for the time off work. That’s the difference.

“There is a difference, that’s the reality. They are playing the game on a work day,” said McGuinness.

“You can’t expect anybody to take a day off work without pay or a sick day to play a game of football. You can’t expect them to do that - not in this climate anyway.”

Agreeing to the principle of Friday night games McGuinness said: “It’s a bit sexy and you can go for a few weekend drinks and go to the games.

“I can see the logic in it, but the centre of the process is the players.”

Earlier this week the GAA Central Competitions Control Committee fixed the first round All-Ireland Qualifier game between Carlow and Laois for next Friday night.

Also this week in the aftermath of the fixture being announced GAA President, Liam O’Neill, insisted that there was no way that the players would be compensated because it was against GAA rules.