Tomás Ó Sé blasts 'insane and unfair' Super 8s scheduling

Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé has hit out at the scheduling - or lack thereof - for football's Super 8s.

The new All-Ireland quarter-final groups throw-in for the first time this weekend at Croke Park, but the later rounds have yet to be confirmed.

Kildare, Monaghan, Tyrone and Roscommon will host games on the weekend of July 21-22, before Kerry, Galway, Donegal and Dublin have home advantage on the weekend of August 4-5.

Ó Sé called the uncertainty over times and dates "insane and unfair" for counties and supporters making travel plans.

"Has to be some reason by @officialgaa for it but it’s insane and unfair on counties and especially supporters that they don’t know times and dates for next weeks super 8s and beyond!!! Kildare going to Killarney Dubs going to Omagh. Logistic nightmare," he tweeted.

His fellow former Kerry star Mike Quirke added his frustration, saying the delay could be due to TV scheduling decisions.

"It’s probably something to do with TV channel choices, but surely we could have been given at least the first two rounds of Super 8s fixtures to allow people to plan & get organised if they want to travel to the games," said the Irish Examiner columnist.

Their ex-teammate Seán O'Sullivan also bemoaned the last-minute planning required for Kerry's away trip to Monaghan.

"I am travelling to Clones and can’t organize anything because no date/time confirmed as of yet," wrote O'Sullivan.

The Super 8s begin in Croke Park at 5pm on Saturday with the Group 2 meeting of Roscommon and Tyrone, followed by Dublin v Donegal.

On Sunday, the Group 1 games will be contested by Kildare and Monaghan (2pm) and Kerry and Galway (4pm).

By Stephen Barry

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