This is terrible stuff altogether. As always the club is the one that will suffer. I'm sure Mr Farrell had lads playing Sat/Sun and Wed during the Sigerson/NFL/Leinster Championship period and he got on with it. The rulebook is quite clear (rule 6.22 (a)) that 7 days is the maximum amount of time that players are restricted from playing for their clubs prior to an All-Ireland U21 Final and Mr Farrell is quite au fait with it. If he doesn't think it's adequate he had many years that he could have changed it. He's breaking the rules by stopping his players playing and carry on like this is the single biggest issue in our fixtures quagmire. And I'm sure that when the fixtures calendar was brought out Mr Farrell was aware of this. He probably just shrugged his shoulders and thought - if we get there I'll just pull the players.
People saying postpone the club games - do you know when they can be played? Should DCB use a free weekend that the other 99.5% of players might have planned something for at this stage? It's not ideal but the players should play their club games.
What about the players? Young lads are preparing for an All Ireland. Expecting them to go full tilt in club championship risking injury is unfair in my opinion, never mind diluting some of the all Ireland sparkle and enjoyment with this controversy and potential bad blood with the "clubs that reared them"
The only system that respects all and protects players is having periods where county squads are not available to their clubs but play several county games at their level. Club football goes ahead during these periods but only less prestigious club games. Then when the county season ( or block) is over all players return to their clubs for the prestigious fixtures e.g. Extended Championship . Anything short of this , will always create problems.
Again , the current system favours Dublin whose clubs ( due to their size) are unlikely to be as dependent on u21 players.
No disrespect to Dublin (and they've availed of their advantages well), The GAA has created a monster and a two-tier system . With financial, numerical and provincial discrimination as it stands , the GAA needs to be careful it doesn't bite off the hand that feeds it i.e. Rural Ireland .