Saturday 25 November 2017

Explained: Here's why Hawkeye was not used in the Ladies football final

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Fans witnessed one of the sporting year's most controversial moments at Croke Park yesterday during the Ladies football final between Cork and Dublin, which the Rebelettes won to take home their 11th crown in 12 seasons.

Cork's juggernaut outlasted Dublin by a point, which heaped further attention on a first half 'wide' kicked by Carla Rowe. The umpires waved the effort wide but replays showed that Rowe's shot had actually gone between the posts.

Read more: Comment: Hawk-Eye absence unacceptable for a national final but Dublin appeal won’t succeed

The limited protests raised by the Dublin players were ignored, and since Hawkeye wasn't in use at the final, the decision stood.

Dublin netted a penalty in the game's dying seconds to reduce Cork's winning margin to one, which lead to questions about whether the incorrect decision altered the course of the game.

Dublin manager Gregory McGonigle was furious afterwards, lamenting the fact that the technology which could have avoided the missed score was unavailable for the Ladies final.

The absence of Hawkeye has become a major talking point since the final whistle, with a Ladies Gaelic Football Association spokesperson explaining why it wasn't in use for the decider.

Read more: 'We preach all year about equality' - Dubs boss fuming after Hawkeye absence sees disallowed All-Ireland final point

"It went in front of Central Council, whether or not to use Hawk-Eye, earlier on this year. The decision was taken that in order to have a level playing field for all teams playing on all fields throughout the country, throughout the championship, that we wouldn't use Hawk-Eye."

A similar argument was used for years by Sepp Blatter to explain why FIFA were reluctant to only bring video technology into the upper echelons of football, leaving grassroots games without it.

Another stumbling block for the introduction of Hawkeye to Ladies football is that a different sized ball is used, so the system would have to be reconfigured in order to be brought in.

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