It would be reckless and irresponsible to go back as things stand - Ó Sé

January 26, 2021

RTE Sunday Game panellist Tomas O'Se. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé says that restarting the inter-county season in the current Covid-19 climate would be “reckless and irresponsible”.

The 2021 Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues are planned to start on February 27, but it is expected that the competitions will be pushed back until the end of March at least.

Speaking on today’s Morning Ireland programme on RTÉ Radio 1, Ó Sé reckons that the GAA could be in danger of having to scrap this year’s Allianz League competitions if things stay the way they are.

"I think this lockdown is tough on everyone, I think that everyone is suffering and everyone is struggling so it would be great to see the National Leagues and great to see action,” said the five-time All-Ireland winner.

"But it’s a tricky one, I think it’s different to pre-Christmas when the numbers were way down and even when they were down, people were wondering why the GAA who have players immersed in the community get to actually put their players out and play games. 

"In the current situation with numbers the way they are, I think it would be reckless and irresponsible to go back into it. 

"I don’t think the GAA have a right to go back into it right now with the way that numbers are. I think they’d have to wait and hopefully get numbers down and get schools back open and all that, then hopefully the GAA can come back into line. 

"But right now, I think if it stays the way it is, that we’ll be in danger of losing the league because there’s no way you can safely put players out. I just think it would be lunacy. 

"I just hope that the numbers come down to a place where it would be safe to do so. It’s very difficult for the GAA to predict what the numbers will be in a month’s time so I think whatever plan the GAA will give, I’m not sure it will be set in concrete." 

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