Wednesday 21 November 2018

Gaelic football referees ready to 'embrace' radical rules changes

 

In attendance during the Referee Development Plan Launch is Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan, with referees Conor Lane, left, and James Owens, at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
In attendance during the Referee Development Plan Launch is Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael John Horan, with referees Conor Lane, left, and James Owens, at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

One of the country's leading football referees has insisted match officials will "embrace" the new rules that are set to be trialled in football.

Cork whistler Conor Lane, who took charge of this year's All-Ireland final between Dublin and Tyrone, admitted that some of the new rules may be taxing on referees to apply ahead of a trial run in Santry in Dublin tomorrow evening.

"We'll have to embrace it," Lane said. "Like every year, there is always something new for us. It'll be a big challenge no doubt but we'll embrace it. It will be tough like everything.

"We want to go out to get every decision right, which is a downfall we have, but we look forward to them and we'll embrace whatever comes in."

Having taken charge of International Rules fixtures where handpasses are limited, Lane doesn't think the reduction to three would be difficult to manage, while he also feels officials have a better handle on when to use the black card.

"For myself personally and I think for the rest of the referees, I think we have been going well with the black cards. I think the players are getting more of a benefit of the doubt than the first year or two so there is less talk about them really in 2018.

"They trialled the sin bin and everybody liked it, players and managers liked it, so they're bringing it back in.

"There's no guarantee the five rules are going to come in. It would be more difficult to police.

"Every day you go out, you're trying to get the decisions right with what's in front of you.

"You've linesmen and your umpires so it's all about a team effort. It's not about yourself."

Irish Independent

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