The controversial new fence in Croke Park was near completion yesterday, ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland football semi final.
The nine-foot-high (2.8m) barricade will be in place at the Hill 16 end for the weekend’s eagerly awaited crunch game between Down and Kildare.
The barriers have brought criticism from fans who claim it will hinder the view from ‘the Hill’.
But the fence is being criticised as a step backwards by some fans of the sport. Joe Nugent, the secretary of the Dublin Supporters Club, said they are absolutely opposed to the new system. “We think it is retrograde step in stadium safety,” he said.
Well, what can you do when you’re dealing with 80,000 chimps who refuse to follow orders that are put in place for their own safety? You might actually need an electric fence to keep some of those gormless people from trying to get on the pitch.