Curley: Match officials won’t engage in Hawk-Eye debate

REFEREES’ chief Mick Curley said that while it was clear Alan McCrabbe’s early ‘point’ for Dublin against Offaly on Sunday should have been signalled wide, match officials would not be getting involved in the Hawk-Eye technology debate.

Curley, chairman of the National Referees Committee (NRC), admitted the effort in the early stages of the Leinster championship game at Croke Park should have been waved wide.

“We would accept it was wrongly flagged. The ball was wide and it was a wrong call,” said Curley.

It is the second year in-a-row Offaly have come out the wrong side of an umpire’s call with Galway’s Ger Farragher being awarded a point in a drawn Leinster semi-final last summer which was wide.

In the Munster quarter-final on Sunday Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins deflected a goal-bound effort from Cork’s Paudie O’Sullivan around the post which was initially signalled wide before being overruled by referee Brian Gavin.

But Curley said that the issue of Hawk-Eye technology was a matter for GAA management and not for referees.

“We just implement the rules, we do not try to influence rules or changes. That is up to management at Croke Park and it is not for referees to start influencing rule changes.

“Referees, as a group, have not discussed the matter but if technology was introduced then we would go along with it.

“We are not opposed to it but, equally, we are not going try bring about rule changes,” added Curley.

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