Wednesday 26 October 2016

Brogan backs calls for video referee

Published 07/10/2016 | 02:30

Dublin star Bernard Brogan Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Dublin star Bernard Brogan Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dublin GAA star Bernard Brogan has backed calls for a video referee to be installed during key matches.

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The issue of whether to bring in video footage to decide contentious calls has again arisen following the spate of black cards during Dublin's recent All-Ireland final replay against Mayo.

Adding his voice to the issue, the sports star (32) said there was an argument for it in certain circumstances.

"There are a lot of decisions a ref or a linesman can't see because he's only got two eyes," he said.

"There's obviously times when they deserve it and the ref calls it right. But for big decisions, wouldn't it be great to have no doubt in the call? Everyone can go, 'yeah that was a great call' and everyone can move on from there.

"I'm sure the GAA has looked at it. It's worked very well in other sports.

"If you get a bad call and one of the players gets a black or red or yellow card when it wasn't deserved, you just feel bitter. Whereas if he deserves it, you put the hand up and say, 'right let's get going, we have to manage without him'."

He was speaking at the launch of the Sports Industry Awards, which will take place in Dublin's Mansion House on November 10.

Irish Independent

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