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Bernard Brogan's controversial point was a score - refs chief

Published 01/09/2015 | 02:30

From the TV camera angle behind the goal it appears that Brogan’s shot was wide but Barrett said yesterday that Hawk-Eye technology would have picked up on it if that was the case
From the TV camera angle behind the goal it appears that Brogan’s shot was wide but Barrett said yesterday that Hawk-Eye technology would have picked up on it if that was the case

Bernard Brogan's 13th-minute point to give Dublin a 1-2 to 0-1 lead in Sunday's drawn All-Ireland semi-final with Mayo was valid, the chairman of the national referees appointments committee Willie Barrett has insisted.

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From the TV camera angle behind the goal it appears that Brogan's shot was wide but Barrett said yesterday that Hawk-Eye technology would have picked up on it if that was the case.

Barrett has been one of the GAA's main Hawk-Eye officials since the technology was introduced for the 2013 season and is adamant that the Brogan score would have been automatically verified.

Neither umpire at the Davin Stand end appeared to be in any doubt that it was a score.

"If an umpire gets a decision wrong on a point or a wide and Hawk-Eye isn't called for, Hawk-Eye will call the referee and tell him he needs to review this decision," confirmed Barrett.

"Any point or wide called during yesterday's game was correct. There is no doubt about it they were all correct.

"Every point or wide is verified above in the Hawk-Eye box. The minute the umpire makes a decision, it is verified," added the Tipperary man, a former All-Ireland hurling final referee.

"There was an incident a couple of years ago in a minor football semi-final where there was a signal for a wide and Hawk-Eye called back the referee and changed it."

Elsewhere, Mickey Harte could find out tonight whether he is to remain as Tyrone manager.

Harte has made it clear that he wants to stay on for a 14th season in charge of the Red Hands.

But for the first time since he took over late in 2002, he does not have an extension arrangement in place with the county board.

The board is due to meet this evening at Garvaghey, with the county football and hurling management posts high on the agenda.

Three-time All-Ireland winning boss Harte is expected to be given the go-ahead for another term in charge.

After suffering relegation and an early exit from the Ulster Championship this year, Tyrone staged a storming run through the qualifiers and reached the All-Ireland semi-final, where they lost to Kerry in a game they could have won had they been more clinical in front of goal.

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