Dessie Farrell suspended for 12 weeks after lock-down training session
Farrell himself was not at the session, but the buck stops with the manager.
Dublin senior football manager Dessie Farrell has been suspended for 12 weeks after nine of his panellists were pictured training at Innisfails GAA club on Wednesday morning.
Footballer of the Year Brian Fenton was among the players pictured at the Malahide grounds, with a coach also present at the session.
Inter-county teams were not supposed to be training until April 19, with the GAA issuing a statement earlier this week to encourage all teams not to jeopardise this return to play.
If you haven't broken Covid restrictions in the last month, you either don't have a car or you're flexible with the truth.
This isn't about Covid anymore.
It's about Dublin not living up to their own standards and how GAA as a whole will suffer for it.https://t.co/dwVzUpYHAP
— GAA JOE (@GAA__JOE) April 1, 2021
As a response to what this "serious error of judgement," Dublin GAA have apologised and have suspended their manager for three months, which will keep him out of their entire League campaign as well as some early rounds in the championship.
"Dublin GAA acknowledge that, following an investigation this afternoon, there was a breach of Covid-19 guidelines yesterday morning.
The County Management Committee have suspended Dublin Senior Football manager Dessie Farrell for 12 weeks with immediate effect.
The Dublin senior football management and players recognise that this was a serious error of judgement and apologise unreservedly for their actions."