GAA clubs warned about sideline indiscipline

Donegal GAA clubs have been warned once again to get their act together when it comes to behaviour along the sideline during games.

Donegal GAA clubs have been warned once again to get their act together when it comes to behaviour along the sideline during games.

The call has been made by referees’ administrator, Pat Walsh, who was at a number of games last weekend, the opening round of games in the 2012 All-County Football Leagues and he said he was not impressed with what he witnessed while out at games with players up and down the sideline and hurling abuse at officials.

“I was at four games over Saturday and Sunday and it was ridicilous what was going on; the number of people that were along the sidelines rather than staying in the dugouts and arguing and shouting abuse at referees,” said Pat Walsh.

“It is something that cannot go on and cannot be tolerated and I’m appealing to the clubs to sort it out and to put an end to. It was something that was raised at last month’s meeting and it must be stamped out.”

Meanwhile, the referees’ administrator promised to raise the issue of clubs without an adult referee being allowed play home games contrary to a regulation passed a number of years ago. He was responding to a query from James Dowds, Naomh Colmcille, on the status of the regulation and why it was not being enforced.