RTÉ receives complaints over big match coverage

RTÉ have confirmed they received four formal complaints about their coverage of Sunday’s All- Ireland senior football final.

The national broadcasters’ press office yesterday said as they are now in a formal complaints procedure the exact nature of them can’t be commented upon. “Everyone who contacts RTÉ is invited to make a formal complaint if they so desire,” said an RTÉ press officer.

“This then goes into the formal complaints procedure.” Other than the four cases, RTÉ received nine pieces of complaint correspondence from the public ranging from “bias” against Mayo from the Sunday Game Live panel to the practice of showing replays when the ball was already back in play.

None of the nine were in relation to the highlights programme that night. “Very little feedback from an audience of over 900,000,” said the press officer.

On Sunday, questions were raised on social media about the presence of former Mayo footballer Martin Carney as co-commentator alongside Ger Canning in a final involving his native county. Several users, many of them of them Dublin followers, felt his analysis was one-sided.

While that night a large number of Mayo supporters on Twitter were aggrieved at ex-Dublin midfielder Ciaran Whelan’s analysis of the off-the-ball battle between Diarmuid Connolly and Lee Keegan, believing he had shown bias in favour of his former team-mate. Whelan said: “When you look back at that, they’re probably both lucky they got yellows and that’s dealt with and that’s in the past. It’s very easy if you’re from Dublin or Mayo you’ll be accused of having rose-tinted glasses.

“But one of the things I have an issue with through the years is the instigator, whoever starts it. Generally, are forwards going out to instigate incidents like that? No, the forward is trying to play football and the defender is trying to stop him and he’s doing it probably in an over-aggressive manner.

“That’s where the other officials have to come in and they have to nip this in the bud early on.”

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