Longford GAA club fined €2,000 for hosting a Jamie Carragher Soccer School

The event took place last summer near the Cavan and Leitrim borders

Longford GAA club fined €2,000 for hosting a Jamie Carragher Soccer School

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Longford GAA club Dromard have been fined €2,000 by the GAA for hosting a summer camp last year owned by former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher.

The Jamie Carragher Soccer Schools held a camp in the North Longford venue last summer in what the GAA claim is a violation of their rules. In a statement released to the GAA's website, they state:

"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."

Rule 5.1 states that; "All property including grounds, Club Houses, Halls, Dressing Rooms and Handball Alleys owned or controlled by units of the Association shall be used only for the purpose of or in connection with the playing of the Games controlled by the Association, 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."

The Longford club have stated that they plan to appeal the decision.