Dublin legend Vinnie Murphy's rules to level the playing field in Gaelic football need to be seen to be believed
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Dublin legend Vinnie Murphy's rules to level the playing field in Gaelic football need to be seen to be believed

DUBLIN football icon Vinnie Murphy has had his say in the debate about whether playing All-Ireland semi-finals at Croke Park puts other counties at a disadvantage.

Former Galway defender Declan Kyne is one of many voices in the game advocating that All-Ireland semi-finals involving Dublin should be moved away from HQ.

Jim Gavin's men travelled to Omagh to face Tyrone last year in the new Super 8s format -one of only 12 championship games the Dubs have played away from Croke Park since 2000.

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And now Murphy has come up with a whole host of concessions to give other counties a fighting chance, including blindfolding goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton and limiting the Dubs to shooting outside the '45.

We might be waiting a while before these quirky suggestions from the 1995 All-Ireland winner see the light of day.

After that Tyrone match last year, Gavin had been quick to rubbish any notion that the champions were dubious about a break from the norm.

“I think every team enjoys going on the road. We certainly do and the supporters do,” he said.

“The Super 8s is a great format. There are eight teams getting more games and that will push the standard on again."

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Dublin get their Allianz National League Division 1 campaign underway this Sunday away to Monaghan in Clones.