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Last Updated: Monday, 17 April 2006, 09:59 GMT 10:59 UK
McIver: Finals should be at Croke
Donegal manager Brian McIver
Brian McIver's side edged out Westmeath on Sunday
Donegal manager Brian McIver has criticised the GAA's decision not to play this weekend's Allianz National Football League finals at Croke Park.

McIver's side will face Louth in the Division 2 decider at Breffni Park on Sunday with the Division 1 final between Kerry and Galway in Limerick.

"It defies logic and I think the sponsors might have something to say about it as well," said McIver.

"It's very strange that the finals can suddenly be moved from Croke Park."

There have been suggestions that part of the GAA's reasoning in moving the finals away from Croke Park was because of the clash with the all-Irish Heineken Cup semi-final at Lansdowne Road on 23 April between Munster and Leinster.

The GAA said last week that the decision had been taken "because of the geographic considerations in respect of the four Division One semi-finalists".

It's the second time that McIver will miss out on being involved in a major final at Croke Park.

He managed Ballinderry to the All-Ireland Club title in 2001 but on that occasion, the final had to be played at Thurles because Croke Park was undergoing redevelopment work.

"I have nothing against Breffni Park. All the arrangements for Sunday's semi-final against Westmeath at Breffni Park were fine and we'll have no problem going back there this weekend.

"But the National League is the second biggest competition in the GAA and the finals should be staged at Croke Park."

McIver's squad didn't appear to pick up any more injuries in Sunday's game although he faces an anxious wait on Monday with the majority of the squad involved in club games.

Conal Dunne missed the semi-final after being injured in a kickabout on Saturday while Conal Bonner (ankle) and Rory Kavanagh (groin) also played no part in Sunday's match.


Sunday's fixtures

Allianz NFL Division 1 Final
Kerry v Galway (1730 BST, Gaelic Grounds Limerick)
NFL Division 2 Final
Donegal v Louth (1530, Kingspan Breffini Park)

NHL Division 1 Semi-Finals
Clare v Limerick (1330, Thurles)
Kilkenny v Tipperary (1515, Thurles)

Division 2 Semi-Final
Mayo v Kerry (1430, Ennis)

Cadbury's All-Ireland U-21 Football Semi-Finals
Mayo v Tyrone (1345 Kingspan Breffini Park)
Laois v Cork (1530, Gaelic Grounds Limerick)




SEE ALSO
Donegal 0-14 1-09 Westmeath
16 Apr 06 |  Gaelic Games
Allianz NFL finals not at Croker
12 Apr 06 |  Gaelic Games


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