Tuesday 17 September 2019

'I think there has to be a technical component to it' - Tipp coach Tommy Dunne calls for VAR to help referees

Tipperary coach believes it's time to look at giving referees every support available

Tommy Dunne. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Tommy Dunne. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Tipperary's All-Ireland-winning coach Tommy Dunne has called for the GAA to turn to technology to assist referees on the GAA's biggest days.

The Premier were the beneficiaries of the decision to send off Richie Hogan in Sunday's All-Ireland final but were on the other side of a few key calls in their All-Ireland semi-final win over Wexford.

And the 2001 All-Ireland-winning captain Dunne insists that while the men in the middle can't be expected to get everything right, they should be allowed to use every tool available to them.

"We all understand the refereeing situation and how difficult it is, it is very, very difficult," said the Toomevara man. "The Wexford game was a bizarre game, there is no point in saying otherwise. And you have to take it on the chin.

"Some days, the decisions fall your way. Other days, they don't.

"Officials try to do the best they can. And it is impossible to get everything right, it really is.

"But it is certainly time to look at giving them the support, the functional support that can make a difference to them, so they have eight or nine out of 10-rated games as opposed to decisions that are going wrong and that they are costing games to teams.

"I am not saying it will ever be a 100 per cent, but surely it can be closer to 100 per cent than it is now."

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Dunne revealed that he would be in favour of a video referee who could review key moments and believes any such move could be trialled in next year's league.

"I think there has to be a technical component to it, where they can look at the decision on a replay and make the decision based on that. Something like that.

"Having to make an off-the-cuff decision on something they may not have seen is madness in ways… let's try something during the league and let's see."

Cathal Barrett, who was at the centre of the incident that saw Hogan dismissed, believes referee James Owens made the correct decision to send the Kilkenny man off.

"It's a full-time job playing hurling. It's very heartbreaking for someone to get sent off. It's not something I like to see myself. It's hard to know. It's a head-high tackle so it must be a red.

"I wouldn't have liked to see him go myself. It's the biggest day of the year. You're training nine months for it and it's kind of taken from you.

"It's not nice. It's disappointing for him."

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