The Club Players Association has withdrawn from the task force established by the GAA to review the fixture calendar, alleging that its raison d’etre is to “ratify the status quo” of the inter-county football calendar and going so far as to describe the task force as a “Trojan horse”.

The CPA contacted the Fixtures Calendar Review task force chairman Eddie O’Sullivan on Monday to confirm its formal withdrawal.

The task force is due to report back to the GAA’s Central Council and management committee this weekend.

A statement issued on behalf of CPA chairman Micheál Briody read: “Last night, the CPA sent an email to the task force chairman Eddie Sullivan, withdrawing our participation in the task force with immediate effect.

“With the publication of the report due to be sent to Central Council shortly, we cannot in good conscience put our names to such a compromised document.”

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