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Curley opposes use of video technology

NATIONAL referees chief Michael Curley has voiced opposition to the introduction of video technology, despite the controversy over Benny Coulter's 'square ball' goal among other contentious decisions made during last Sunday's All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

Curley agreed that Down's first half goal should not have stood but argued that an earlier Alan Smith 'point' for Kildare was correctly ruled wide.

"In my opinion the ball was over the post. The ruling is that is has to be inside the post for the score to be deemed a point," the Galway official pointed out.

"But I was watching it on television, and there was nothing conclusive from the replays. That proves the point that I have been making for a long time. It was the same late in the second half when Kildare were appealing for a penalty after claiming one of the Down players had touched the ball on the ground.

"The incident was shown a number of times from a variety of different angles and slowed down. But again it was inconclusive. It proves again that the arguments about video technology are not as clear cut as people think," Curley concluded.

FIXTURES

SATURDAY

ALL-IRELAND MFC 'B' FINAL

(extra-time if necessary)

Páirc Tailteann: Westmeath v Kildare, 2.0, S Whelan (Wexford)

SUNDAY

ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL

Croke Park: Kilkenny v Tipperary, 3.30, M Wadding (Waterford) LIVE RTE

ALL-IRELAND MHC FINAL

Croke Park: Kilkenny v Clare, 1.15, A Stapleton (Laois) LIVE RTE

LADIES FOOTBALL

SATURDAY

ALL-IRELAND SFC SEMI-FINAL

Ballymahon: Tyrone v Kerry, 3.15, K Tighe (Dublin)

ALL-IRELAND IFC SEMI-FINAL

Ballymahon: Longford v Donegal, 1.30, M Kenny (Mayo)

CAMOGIE

SATURDAY

ALL-IRELAND MINOR 'C' FINAL

Ashbourne: Armagh v Carlow, J Heffernan, 2.30

HANDBALL

SATURDAY

ALL-IRELAND 60x30 FINALS

Abbeylara - Minor Singles: Galway (M Mulkerrins) v Limerick (P O'Carroll), 2.0. Inter Doubles: Limerick (S O'Carroll/P Hedderman) v Kilkenny (T Clifford/D Clifford) 3.15. Senior Singles: Dublin (E Kennedy) v Westmeath (R McCarthy).


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