Tuesday 6 December 2016

'New rule needs time'

Published 21/04/2015 | 02:30

Willie Barrett feels referees, players and even the public will eventually get accustomed to the new rule and predicts communication of advantage will improve
Willie Barrett feels referees, players and even the public will eventually get accustomed to the new rule and predicts communication of advantage will improve

The chairman of the national referees appointments committee, Willie Barrett, believes the new advantage rule will "find its feet" in the coming weeks despite clear teething problems yesterday.

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Dublin manager Ger Cunningham highlighted advantages that they were given by referee James Owens that didn't result in scores they would ordinarily have got if the whistle had blown and a free was awarded.

But Barrett feels referees, players and even the public will eventually get accustomed to the new rule and predicts communication of advantage will improve.

"As the summer progresses we will see situations where fellas will learn where the advantage is so it will come around to their way of ensuring that they will get the free when advantage is called," he said.

"We were bound to have teething problems starting off but I was certainly happy with the way the advantage rule was applied. There were four or five great advantages applied in the first game that may have gone unnoticed."

Irish Independent

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