Sports organisations seek Government clarification on Covid restrictions

The GAA is asking the Government and health chiefs to “present the empirical” evidence that informed the decision to move all sporting events behind closed doors.

In a brief statement released late on Tuesday night, Croke Park officials described the move as “unexpected”.

The association has issued an invitation to Dr Ronan Glynn to meet with its Covid Advisory Group as soon as possible.

Before this latest announcement, up to 200 people – including players and officials – were allowed to attend outdoor events such as club matches, which left the two competing teams with around 50 tickets for their respective supporters.

The IRFU is awaiting clarity from the Government on what the latest public health measures mean for their sport.

Rugby is set to resume behind closed doors this weekend at the Aviva Stadium with Leinster playing Munster on Saturday, and Connacht taking on Ulster on Sunday.

The FAI’s statement on the government announcement encouraged all its members to adhere to the latest Covid guidelines (statement here).

It acknowledges the hard work to date of all players, coaches, match officials, club officials, volunteers, parents and guardians to date – but is urging its members members to remain aware of their personal responsibility to abide by Government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The FAI says it will remain in discussion with Government agencies in relation to the ongoing restrictions.