Saturday 24 February 2018

Tipp renew appeal for GAA to use video technology

Jackie Cahill

TIPPERARY chairman Barry O'Brien has again called for the GAA to introduce video technology to rule on controversial incidents during championship games.

O'Brien first flagged the introduction of TV evidence after the controversial late penalty award to Kilkenny in the 2009 All-Ireland SHC final.

Tipperary's motion calling for a 'third eye' to assist on-field officials went before GAA Congress in April but was defeated.

Croke Park, in correspondence to Tipperary, replied: "It is the view of the CCCC that the concept of video referees in the GAA is totally impractical."

However, officials at GAA HQ have since changed their stance and are now studying the feasibility of introducing Hawk-Eye technology in the future.

Repeating his call at the Tipp convention, O'Brien referred to the summer's big Leinster SFC final controversy and Benny Coulter's disputed goal for Down against Kildare in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

O'Brien said: "At national level, it was a year that was a bit awkward at times. The national authorities refused to look at video evidence but it would have greatly helped them if they had access to it.

"They wouldn't have the Meath and Louth mishap or the situation with Kildare and Down. It was a pity for the GAA and it's better if we take these decisions head on and take on board video technology. It would promote our games better than what we achieved this year."

O'Brien also admitted it was a difficult year for club fixtures, as the county SHC ran late because of Tipperary's run to the All-Ireland final.

"It's something we have to look at in the future, the (€100,000) decrease in gate receipts is a result of club championships running off late.

"For the sake of clubs and the county's finances, we have to look at that. I urge clubs to keep the faith -- we will look at ways to ensure the club championships are run more smoothly. Without clubs, we have no GAA."

Meanwhile, a proposal that the Munster senior and minor hurling finals be played in Semple Stadium every year was withdrawn at last night's county convention. Loughmore-Castleiney were due to table the motion but decided not to proceed."

Irish Independent

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