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GAA parents need to 'learn manners' - Monaghan fan

May 31, 2023 15:26 By News Northern Sound
GAA parents need to 'learn manners' - Monaghan fan
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Competition teaches children how to win and how to lose.

A Co Monaghan GAA fan has been responding to new rules being implemented by Croke Park that will see an end to speeches at minor level and the removal of the competitive edge at all levels U12.

The move comes as some swear words were expressed during speeches in presentations at the end of matches, and the behaviour of parents at under age level is brought to the fore nationally.

Pat from Carrickmacross says the new rules are unnecessary. Speaking on this morning's Joe Finnegan Show, he highlighted that, while the odd expletive may come from players, it's the parents of underage children that are using swear words the most.

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He also pointed out that it's those same parents that abuse referees at games - not the players. Pat says, that children should be allowed to play games with the competitive edge in tow, because that will teach them how to win and also how to lose.

He added that parents need to learn to "have manners" and these latest Croke Park directives are "over the top". "In all other competitions even in soccer, which I also follow, and rugby and other games - there's always a competitive edge and it doesn't appear to have done those games any harm.

"And, I can't see how the GAA is any different to any other sporting organisation. They are sending down rules from headquarters and what are they going to do [with that]. All of these cups and medals. So what? There's not going to be any more of those?".

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