Roscommon senior football manager Anthony Cunningham has expressed his disappointment that elite status for GAA players under Level 5 restrictions has been removed.
Cunningham and his panel were preparing for a return to training early next month, but those plans have now been shelved following the announcement that intercounty activity can no longer take place under the current restrictions.
The former Galway hurling manager, speaking to the Irish Independent, said that GAA players saw themselves on a par with athletes and people who are working for Olympic qualification and professional soccer teams in Ireland.
“I think there are repercussions over these downgradings and statements and how the GAA is looked at.
“It’s not just players for intercounty, but everybody in the GAA wants their sport to be top. You’re fighting for your corner always and you’re trying to promote it, no matter what. We fight like dogs to beat each other, but we’d always stand very, very proud of the game,” said Cunningham.
It is expected that training for intercounty teams will not begin until Easter at the earliest.