Saturday 20 January 2018

Save the GAA referee the ire of fans by embracing technology

Mayo’s Keith Higgins protests to referee Anthony Nolan during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo’s Keith Higgins protests to referee Anthony Nolan during the All-Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

For many Irish people and for the wider Irish diaspora, the All-Ireland finals, hurling or football, will be the highlight of their sporting year - filled with excitement, expectation and anticipation. Being a hurling fan, the missing of a final, in Croke Park or on the TV, would leave a void in my life.

In these wonderful games, the referee has a mandate to ensure that fair play is administered to both teams, and his performance can enhance or diminish the spectator's enjoyment - a good referee is invisible. However, from the comfort of our armchairs, with the advantage of numerous camera angles - enhanced by slow-motion replays, we cast judgment on the man in charge.

"He's hopeless - that's his second wrong call," we shout at the TV in anger.

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