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A woman's touch-line decision could be just what games need

Published 26/01/2011 | 05:00

Eureka! The appropriate response to the growing trend of criticising GAA referees and their officials is so obvious in the wake of the

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Sky Sports/Andy Gray/Richard Keys/Sian Massey controversy.

If the GAA took to appointing female officials, what manager, player, commentator or analyst would dare question any decision?

Martin Sludden and his umpires took a real mauling after last year's Leinster football final, and Pat McEnaney was heavily criticised for a wrong 'square ball' decision in the Down-Kildare All-Ireland semi-final, but if female officials had been in charge, nobody would dare raise an objection, lest they be accused of sexism. This could work, folks.

Come to think of it, why aren't there more female referees in the GAA?

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