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Former GAA star Sean Cavanagh believes some players could even hide Covid-19 symptoms before a match

Former GAA star Sean Cavanagh believes some players could even hide Covid-19 symptoms before a match

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Former GAA star Sean Cavanagh believes some players could even hide Covid-19 symptoms before a match

The GAA faced renewed calls to suspend its inter-county season once more as Covid case numbers rose again to record levels.

The wisdom of teams traversing the country in the midst of increasing infections is being questioned.

The resumption of the Allianz Football League gets underway this weekend and while those games will proceed, significant doubt remains for the viability of the season beyond that.

GAA president John Horan has acknowledged concerns this week but expressed hope that confidence could grow again after this weekend.

The Gaelic Players Association will today reveal the results of a poll they have been conducting this week among the inter-county playing pool about sentiment towards continuing.

And while that is expected to be positive, concern is still apparent with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar appearing to rule out any games if the country went to Level 5 in the ‘Living with Covid’ plan.

Wexford had six positive cases detected in the county this week, two among the hurlers. And Longford’s request to have their game with Derry moved out of Celtic Park because of concern over the high rate of Covid infections in the Derry City area, was turned down yesterday.

Former Tyrone star Seán Cavanagh believes players will be tempted to hide Covid-19 symptoms on the eve of a big match.

“The other thing about that, away from the sporting aspect of it, is it probably creates a culture now that players will almost, and will be encouraged to, hide potential symptoms of sickness and illness which is kind of a scary thing,” Cavanagh said, as RTÉ launched details of their coverage for the remainder of the GAA season.

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