100% correct. On the one hand they are issuing suspensions while on the other defending the indefensible all the way to the DRA. Which has been an absolute disaster from a GAA point of view.
The rules on discipline are written like and treated like a legal document. They shouldn’t be. The simpler it is the less grounds there are for appeals. There is absolutely no need for anything to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt as would be expected in a court of law. It’s a joke that in essence that is what we have.
We take from other sports ad nauseum these days. In my view we should be taking from AFL for discipline. A recommended penalty, one hearing and an increased penalty if your hearing fails.
That would cut out an awful lot of crap.
And to finish I got into a small bit of trouble once for saying at a meeting that there are types of people the GAA could do without. The kind who assault others on the pitch for example. I didn’t apologise then and I don’t now. I know of only one lifetime ban issued by the GAA. I can think of plenty of others that should have been imposed.