Mayo GAA has been asked by Croke Park to explain the presence of three non-accredited members of their senior management backroom team in the stadium for the All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin last month. That’s according to today's Irish Independent.
An official party of 12 was allowed to be present in the ground and the Irish Independent understands that the method of entry used by the additional trio was captured on CCTV and, as a consequence, the county has been asked for a response.
All those entering the stadium had to fill out Covid-19 questionnaires to ensure clearance.
Under the rule, a 26-man playing squad with 12 backroom members and two county board officers were permitted entry to grounds on match days, totalling 40.
For the All-Ireland football final, all 40 or so members of the extended Mayo squad were in place.
But the number of backroom members permitted remained unchanged and on reviewing the CCTV footage in one particular part of the ground, Croke Park is understood to have been able to make a clear case to Mayo that this was breached.
GAA president John Horan was the only leading GAA official at the All-Ireland football final to fulfil his function in making the cup presentation speech. The matter is expected to be addressed at the next Mayo County Board meeting.