The GAA’s Munster Council has accpeted that there was inadequate stewarding in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Tuesday night for the Munster minor hurling final replay between Limerick and Waterford.
The Munster Council expected and planned for an attendance of between 5,000 to 6,000 at the game. The attendance on the night was 6,532, as confirmed by the Stadium stile counter system. The Council is satisfied that this accurate of the numbers in attendance.
in a statement, the council said, “As with all fixtures of this nature, the only side of the ground that was opened was the new stand. This stand has a capacity of 10,000, which was more than adequate to cater for the numbers that attended. As a large number of people came to the ground with 15 minutes to go to throw in, we took the decision to postpone the throw in for 10 minutes in order to allow everyone safe entry to the ground. We are satisfied that this was the correct decision and are satisfied that queues had dissipated at 7.35 pm. This was actively monitored by Council officials. Regarding the fans who walked across the pitch from the New Stand to the Kinane Stand, we regret any inconvenience caused to the participating teams in their preparations for the game and we will be reviewing the matter with Semple Stadium. We regret that a minority of fans took the decision to leave the New Stand, which had ample room to accommodate all patrons. The council acknowledges that there was inadequate stewarding to the front of the stand to cope adequately with this patron behaviour and it is a matter that we will review.”