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Sport chiefs reject Maze meeting

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The three men in charge of football, rugby and GAA in NI have rejected an invitation to meet a Stormont committee over the proposed Maze stadium.

The Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee had requested to meet with Howard Wells of IFA, the GAA's Danny Murphy and Mike Reid of Ulster Rugby.

All three men, who support the Maze project, have met the committee before.

"What we don't want is continuing maybes because that doesn't help any of us," said Howard Wells.

"I think what we need is a situation where we actually know what is going to happen and what sort of time frame we're talking about, but we've been saying that repeatedly for months."

The Gaelic Athletic Association, Irish Football Association and Ulster Rugby have all confirmed they would play games at the venue.

Other options examined included a hypothetical stadium in north Belfast and the refurbishment of the three sporting bodies' existing venues.

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