Leitrim club call for TMO’s to be introduced

Updated: December 10, 2011

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Sean O’Heslins GAA club in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, have called for the introduction of television match officials for inter-county Championship games in 2012.

The club put forward the motion for Sunday’s Leitrim GAA Convention wishing to discuss the implementation of ‘on-the-spot video evidence’, where possible, for live GAA matches next summer.

Televisions match officials or video referees have been successfully used in rugby union, when they are often called upon to decide if a try is given or not

Speaking to the Irish Examiner about the proposal, Sean O’Heslins executive member and PRO Sean Ó Suilleabháin said he believed that a TMO would help put an end to the controversial scoring incidents that have marred big games over the last few seasons.

“Hawk-Eye would not have been enough to adjudicate properly on the controversial goal that won the Leinster title for Meath against Louth,” he said.

“It’s the same with Benny Coulter’s goal for Down against Kildare which shouldn’t have been allowed, and Graham Geraghty’s against Kildare which should have. The use of on-the-spot video evidence would get rid of these controversies.”

The Leitrim club want TMOs to be used in conjunction with Hawk-Eye. The GAA announced in August that Hawk-Eye technology will be used on a two-year pilot basis for all Championship football and hurling games played at Croke Park from 2012.

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