Cooney not ruling out technology use

GAA president Christy Cooney has not yet ruled out the possibility of the association embracing the use of technology in order to adjudicate on controversial incidents.

The company behind tennis’ Hawk-Eye system met with Croke Park officials last week and Cooney is due to meet the chairman of the GAA’s Research Committee Sean Donnelly for a review of the situation next month.

However, the Cork native has reiterated his personal view that such a move is not necessary and pointed out that the CCCC felt the same when asked to run the rule over a motion from Tipperary for video referees earlier this year.

This year’s championship has been blighted by a handful of incidents concerning debated scores, most notably when Meath’s Joe Sheridan carried the ball over the line for the match-winning score against Louth in the Leinster final.

Similar situations involving square balls and shots that may or may not have dissected the posts have been a frequent occurrence with the latter problem leading to independent experiments using special netting on uprights.

“If there is something that can be of assistance or a help to us … Hawk-Eye is one option, this netting is another option. Let’s see what is there, will it be of help or will it not be of help. If it is of help and can improve our games we will have a look at it,” said Cooney.

Hawk-Eye’s founder, Dr Paul Hawkins, has already suggested that the system could be offered to the GAA for free if the company was allowed to explore the commercial opportunities arising from it.

“I didn’t hear that,” said Cooney. “Let’s wait and see. We have to be sure that the technology is right for us. We’ve got to decide where do you start and where do you finish with the technology.

“Is it frees, is it square goals, is it yellow cards, red cards, how much time does it take? How many calls do you make in a match? Is it points? Where do you start and where do you stop?

“I’ve said this before, our games are built on passion. Our games are about the continuous flow of the game. The last thing I want is a lot of stoppages in our game. It doesn’t do anything to help us.”


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