Confusion on GPA protest as Killkenny remain on pitch while Cork return to tunnel
“People might question why they have ‘United for Equality’ on their t-shirts.”
Kilkenny camogie team remained on the pitch while Cork returned to the dressing in a protest. It caused confusion as it was thought both teams would go down the tunnel.
The protest was planned to make a statement to the GAA about getting equality for ladies football and camogie teams in terms of expenses and equal compensation that the men get.
Following the warm up to the All-Ireland quarter final, Cork decided to continue their protest, on top of wearing the shirts calling for equality, by returning to the dressing room, while Kilkenny decided to remain on the field.
Joanne Cantwell was presenting The Sunday Game during the match, and questioned the Cats decision on commentary.
"We have battle number one going on here because as you can see the Kilkenny players are still remaining out on the pitch, but the Cork players have decided that they are going to take their protest one step further, they are going to cause a delay by going in, as had been the plan.
"So Kilkenny are going against whatever the GPA's original plan was, which was to go back into the dressing room, The Rebels have insisted that they are continuing this.
“People might question why they (Kilkenny) have ‘United for Equality’ on their t-shirts.”
It has since been revealed that the manner in which each team protests is entirely up to them and it wasn't a case of there being any concrete plan that a team would go down the tunnel or remain on the pitch.
Protests will continue to take place by players in both camogie and Gaelic football, and their battle continues to achieve equality on all fronts.
Cork went on to win a fascinating game by a single point, thus eliminating the reigning All-Ireland champions and securing their place in the semi-final stages.
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