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‘Closed doors’ option for Armagh GAA’s crunch National League game with Roscommon

Armagh could play their crunch National League game with Roscommon behind closed doors in the city this weekend.

The Orchard County host the Rossies at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Saturday night.

It’s the penultimate game in Division Two – a top of the table clash – which would see upwards of 10,000 people descend on the Dalton Road venue.

The GAA’s Competitions Control Committee (CCC) are meeting this morning (Thursday) and it is understood closed door fixtures across the country is an option being discussed.

Earlier this morning Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadker announced a shutdown of schools, colleges and public facilities right across Ireland.

He also banned mass gatherings of more than 100 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.

However, no such ban implies to Northern Ireland.

Former Armagh GAA All-Ireland winner Justin McNulty said: “Lines on map mean nothing to coronavirus. We now need an all island response and decisive leadership from our executive with social distancing and lock down measures employed now.

“Not just to protect ourselves but people in our community who have a greater risk from COVID-19 than us.”

There are currently 18 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Northern Ireland but there has been no official update today as of yet.

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