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Saturday 21 October 2017

GAA to rule on hawk eye technology

Controversial Limerick point reopens debate

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The GAA's management committee looks set to make a firm decision next month about whether or not the association should pursue the use of score-detection technology.

As another controversy over the legitimacy of a score erupted over the weekend after Limerick's contested winner from an Ian Ryan free against Wexford in Portlaoise, the technology debate was brought back into sharp focus once more.

The use of the technology has been in the pipeline since negotiations with Hawk Eye began last year, and now a firm decision on whether or not the experiment should proceed to a more formal footing is in the hands of management.

Cost is a huge issue, however, if the GAA are to roll it out across every championship venue over a particular weekend.

It is believed that a proposal to use the technology at Croke Park only may be put before management by the research committee who are liaising with Hawk Eye on the basis that a start must be made somewhere.

The same committee has already proposed that the height of the two uprights be raised to at least 13 metres from a current height of 10.69 metres.

Ryan's late free went over the upright, making it difficult to determine if it was a legitimate score.

One umpire, the former Longford referee Pat O'Toole, waved a wide but his fellow umpire insisted it was a score.

Speaking in Dublin yesterday, Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney said such decisions will continue to ruin games as long as there is no sufficient back-up for officials.

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