Former Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan admits he’d “take your hand off” to play inter county football no matter the circumstances

Bernard Brogan
Bernard Brogan with David Byrne ahead of Dublin’s Leinster Quarter final clash with Carlow. © Nigel McCarthy, We Are Dublin GAA

The desire to return to GAA action of any kind is as high as ever among hurlers and footballers. But the association still seem quite reluctant, despite their own desire return to the Championship. Even so, individual players are expressing their longing for a game of ball.

Former Dublin great Bernard Brogan has given a blunt opinion on the current situation. And also gives his views about the back and forth on playing some games behind closed doors.

This past weekend, the footballing legend took to Twitter and said “This playing behind closed doors debate is baffling me!”

“Fans are obviously amazing. And I loved every drop of atmosphere they created but I would take your hand off to represent my county again, spectators or not! We play because we love the game end of, Am I missing something?”

GAA hold back on firm decision

Earlier this month the GAA issued a statement on the continuing restricted situation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And in it their reluctance to play games with no fans present is apparent.

“The GAA still firmly hopes to be able to play county and club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. We can confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October.”

“Counties are asked, in the interest of players, to suspend all inter-county training until further notice. There will be a phased resumption of training at both club and county level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.”

“While not categorically ruling out the possible staging of games behind closed doors later in the year, there appears to be a lack of appetite for this type of fixture-scheduling at the current time across the wider Association.”

In a survey performed this month, 57 per cent of club players questioned expressed an interest to return to training before a coronavirus vaccine is found.