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Monday 16 September 2019

GAA rules out use of TMO technology in championship

 

Many players and managers have regularly voiced support for technology which has been introduced in rugby (TMO or television match official) and soccer (VAR or video assistant referee). Stock photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Many players and managers have regularly voiced support for technology which has been introduced in rugby (TMO or television match official) and soccer (VAR or video assistant referee). Stock photo: Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Calls for the GAA to explore the use of a television match official for inter-county games have been knocked back by Central Council.

Two similar motions to that effect, from Leitrim club Seán O'Heslins and O'Callaghan's Mills in Clare, arising out of their county conventions were redirected to the last Central Council meeting.

However, they were both considered impractical at present because of cost issues outweighing any benefits accrued.

Sean O'Heslins want the establishment of a committee to consider the implementation of a television match official where adequate television coverage was available. The intention was to trial this over the summer with an outcome at the end of the championship. The O'Callaghan's Mills motion was similar, calling for TV assistance when there was a doubt about an incident or a score.

There is considerable backing among referees for this support. The previous national referees development chairman Seán Walsh was an advocate of it in the wake of Hawk-Eye score detection's success.

Many players and managers have regularly voiced support for technology which has been introduced in rugby (TMO or television match official) and soccer (VAR or video assistant referee).

Previous GAA leadership were less keen with former director-general Páraic Duffy suggesting it was "hugely frustrating for the spectator or viewer to wait through the time taken to reach a decision."

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