Thursday 18 January 2018

Unfair to hound Masterson when GAA are so slow to say sorry

Keith barr

I WAS delighted to see this week that the GAA are moving in the right direction to tackle the spate of brutal decisions by referees and umpires.

However, like a lot of players past and present, I was absolutely fit to be tied with the call for Anthony Masterson to apologise.

I understand that people who run sport need to impose discipline, but it would be easier to accept this waving of the stick at a player if the GAA apologised to Kildare and Louth and various other counties and players whose seasons are destroyed by bad decisions.

I accept completely that refs will make mistakes and that you can't have a situation where every bad call should be reviewed. But monumental gaffes, like the decision to disallow Tomás O'Connor's goal last week, are no longer acceptable -- not when there are obvious solutions to avoid disasters like this.

It's probably little consolation to Kieran McGeeney, Masterson or Louth that a line is being drawn in the sand, but thankfully, things look like changing in the future and that can only be positive. It's good for players, supporters and referees.

Fingers crossed that there are no more controversies in the remaining games.

The irony of last week's blunder is that had the goal stood, we mightn't have had the incredible battle to the end for which both sides deserve huge credit.

And, while I've great sympathy for Kildare, Kevin Cassidy's winning point summed up everything I love about Gaelic football.

Irish Independent

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