GPA members back use of video technology

Following their AGM at the Citywest Hotel this afternoon, members of the Gaelic Players Association have agreed in principle to back the use of video technology and an independent timekeeper in Gaelic games.

Following their AGM at the Citywest Hotel this afternoon, members of the Gaelic Players Association have agreed in principle to back the use of video technology and an independent timekeeper in Gaelic games.

Video technology is something which GPA members are evidently keen to embrace. Their support of its introduction comes following some controversial refereeing decisions during the 2010 Championships, including the decision by referee Martin Sludden to award a late goal to Meath's Joe Sheridan in the Leinster SFC final.

In a statement issued following the AGM, the players' body said: "The GPA supports the introduction of video technology in senior inter-county matches where venues can accommodate same."

Current players also gave their backing for the use of an independent timekeeper for senior inter-county fixtures.

"For the purposes of senior inter-county matches, the GPA proposes that the official timekeeping function becomes the responsibility of a designated timekeeper, other than the match referee."

The players also voted not to back any potential further cut in Government funding to the players grants' scheme.

"Having endured a reduction of 70% in the Government funding scheme for inter-county players, the GPA believes any further reduction would be unacceptable and calls upon the Government and Irish Sports Council to maintain the scheme and to reaffirm its commitment to the development of excellence in the indigenous sports of hurling and Gaelic football," the statement added.

In addition, GPA members agreed to an amendment to their constitution, which sees the players body "committed to the maintenance and protection of the amateur status of the Gaelic Athletic Association and the pursuit by the GPA of its objectives shall, at all times, be subject to that commitment".

Meanwhile, the outgoing GPA Secretary, Dara Ó hAnnaidh from Wicklow, stepped down from his position and was replaced by Kildare footballer Ronan Sweeney.

Former Offaly hurler Brian Whelahan continues as President, while current Cork hurling goalkeeper Dónal Óg Cusack will stay on as Chairman.

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