RTÉ cameras did not conclusively prove Limerick should have had a goal disallowed against Westmeath, according to the GAA’s national games administration and national match officials manager Pat Doherty.
Early in the second half of Sunday’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship round one qualifier, referee Paud Dwyer’s umpire awarded a goal to Paul Browne, believing the ball to have passed inside the post before going beneath the side-netting.
However, RTÉ’s video footage indicates the ball may instead have gone wide. The score put Limerick five points up after they led by two at half-time.
But Doherty remains unconvinced that the recording decisively showed Browne’s shot to have missed the target.
“If you were relying on RTÉ’s pictures you can’t say for certain that a mistake has been made,” he said.
However, RTÉ seemed satisfied that the camera caught the ball whizzing wide.
Sunday Game analyst Dónal Óg Cusack criticised the call to allow the goal: “Pretty incredible. You’ve a referee looking at it, you’ve an umpire two yards away from it. A sliotar does travel fast but it’s inexcusable. There would want to be serious question marks asked over that decision.”
On Twitter, former Tipperary footballer Declan Browne compared the decision that went against his team in the 1999 Munster final when Kerry’s Denis O’Dwyer was awarded a goal when his shot was clearly off-target. “Something has to be done with some of these umpires, crazy decision in Limerick Westmeath game, shouldn’t be tolerated any longer.”
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