Waterford County Board Sought €50,000 For Switch

Waterford GAA chiefs have revealed that they sought “a substantial five-figure sum” to allow their potential Munster Senior Hurling Championship final opponents have home advantage in the decider.

Waterford officials said the move was made due to the “precarious state” of their finances in these recessionary times and claimed they had received agreement on the plan from their counterparts in Cork and Tipperary, who were on the other side of the draw.

Sources close to the negotiations claim the proposed agreement was worth €50,000 to Waterford’s coffers.

The arrangement sparked an angry response from the Munster Council who insisted the deal was undertaken without their backing.

The proposal, revealed exclusively in the Irish Examiner Newspaper last week, also provoked a massive backlash from Waterford players, management and supporters.

Last night Waterford County Board issued a lengthy statement outlining their actions and expressed regret for any embarrassment and inconvenience caused to the Munster Council and its officers and to the boards and officers of Cork and Tipperary.

However, the board insisted that they were acting in the best interest of the GAA in Waterford.

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