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GPA throws weight firmly behind introduction of Hawk-Eye

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has called on the GAA to adopt score-detection technology, even if cost prohibits its use to Croke Park only.

In its strongest endorsement yet of Hawk-Eye's product for determining scores and avoiding controversy like the one last Saturday night at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, the GPA stressed that finance should not come in the way of the technology being used.

The players' body outlined yesterday that it has conducted extensive research among its membership over the last 12 months and the support for it has been "consistent and unanimous".

"The GPA unequivocally supports the introduction of Hawk-Eye technology to Gaelic games as proposed by the GAA's Research Committee and, indeed, has been a vocal advocate of its introduction for some time now," a communication outlined.

"In terms of players' commitment, the stakes are higher than ever and, where possible, every effort should be made to assist match officials in making such precise judgment calls."

Rolling out the technology at Croke Park only might be divisive, however, as some of the GAA's chief administrators have already indicated that it wouldn't feasible unless every championship venue could be covered.

An August meeting of the GAA's management is expected to discuss the cost of a possible roll-out. A sponsor of the technology could make it cost neutral if it operated at Croke Park only, but if it did extend to all championship venues the return for sponsors would not be as high.

Meanwhile, John O'Neill's term as Fermanagh football manager could come to a quick end after a Fermanagh Board review into his first year in charge. The county board will also have to deal with the withdrawal of their supporters' fundraising arm, Club Eirne, in recent weeks.

Irish Independent