Sunday 18 August 2019

Leitrim pushing on with campaign for addition of TMO

The proposals for the use of technology, similar to what applies in rugby (Technical Match Official) and soccer (Video Assistant Referee), came through the Leitrim and Clare county conventions late last year but didn’t make the Congress agenda. Stock photo
The proposals for the use of technology, similar to what applies in rugby (Technical Match Official) and soccer (Video Assistant Referee), came through the Leitrim and Clare county conventions late last year but didn’t make the Congress agenda. Stock photo
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Leitrim are to continue their campaign to have a TMO introduced to Gaelic games.

Central Council shot down the proposal at its last meeting, citing cost and other practical issues, but Leitrim want the matter to be explored further.

The proposals for the use of technology, similar to what applies in rugby (Technical Match Official) and soccer (Video Assistant Referee), came through the Leitrim and Clare county conventions late last year but didn't make the Congress agenda. They were instead referred to Central Council.

Seán Ó Súilleabháin, Leitrim development officer and an executive member of Seán Ó Heslin's, the club which brought the motion to county convention, said it was disappointing that Central Council dismissed the idea.

"We want a committee set up to assess the feasibility of using technology in cases where goals, in particular, are disputed.

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"We all remember the controversy in the Waterford-Tipperary game last summer when Austin Gleeson was adjudged to have caught the ball behind the line. TV pictures showed clearly that it wasn't over the line but a goal was given.

"A TMO could have informed the referee very quickly that it wasn't a goal. We have the technology to stop this sort of mistake, so why not use it?" asked Ó Súilleabháin.

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He said that pictures from the match-day TV coverage could be used, thereby avoiding big costs.

Not all championship games are shown on TV, but Ó Súilleabháin believes that's not an excuse for opposing a TMO.

"Hawk Eye is in operation at only a few venues and everyone seems to accept that. Lots of championship games are shown 'live' on TV, which could be used by a TMO. At the very least, let's examine it thoroughly, rather than throwing it out without debate."

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