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Caffrey calls for neutral games in Super 8s to be played outside Croke Park


Former Dublin manager Paul 'Pillar' Caffrey thinks the neutral venue games in the Super 8s should be played at provincial grounds.

Speaking to The Herald, he expressed his belief that having two games at Croke Park is 'absolutely an advantage' to Dublin and that it's preferable to have matches at packed smaller venues than a half-full GAA headquarters.

"It's nothing to do with Dublin being dominant, but I just think that the stadium in there is not suited to 30 or 40,000. There's zero atmosphere in there.

"Like, when the ball was thrown in between Cork and Tyrone, was there 6,000 people in the stadium? It was actually awful. And it didn't get much better until well into the second half.

"We all love going to stadiums, whether it's Parnell Park with 10,000 in it or going down to Portlaoise with 25,000 in it, or Tullamore or Navan."

"Leaving aside that it is an advantage to Dublin - and anyone that says it isn't telling the truth, it absolutely is an advantage to Dublin - but from the game's point of view, that neutral game needs to go to a provincial venue. There's enough of them around to spread it around."

Caffrey added that Dublin supporters would relish the chance to go on the road twice in the series.



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