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Published: 10:08 | 14/7/16

Duffy against introduction of TMO


GAA director general Páraic Duffy is not in favour of the introduction of television match officials.

There have been calls for GAA to use technology to help match officials make controversial decisions similar to the one which saw Mayo's Aidan O'Shea awarded a penalty in the All-Ireland SFC qualifier against Fermanagh.

Inter-county referees are in favour of the move, but Duffy is not, believing video technology would 'totally distort the game'.

"I watch an awful lot of sport, I watch rugby and American football. They go back to these people to check angles and where does it end? This was a penalty incident — do you show videos again for other fouls further out the field, do you do it in sendings off? Where does it end?" Duffy is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent.

“I think it would completely and totally distort the game. I think that would be an absolutely extreme solution and I wouldn’t favour that. In this case it’s being advocated around a (Aidan O’Shea) penalty, do you advocate it around a sending-off, is it a black card or is it not, is it a red or a yellow, is it inside the box or outside the box if it’s a foul? Where does it end?

"Our games are games that flow, they are not stop-start games. I personally wouldn't be in favour of that."

Meanwhile, Duffy expects the GAA to address the issue of a congested calendar.

A motion to scrap replays was narrowly defeated at Congress earlier this year but with some teams facing a seven-day turnaround between games, Duffy believes the matter will be revisited.

Referring to recent games between Monaghan and Longford, Duffy said: "I don’t want to be seen to make any excuses for Monaghan — Longford won the game fair and square, they were very good — but I think it (the seven-day turnaround) was a factor in Monaghan’s defeat.

“The problem was it was a replay. My views on replays are well-known. I think they make fixture-making very difficult. I just feel if we are going to address this whole fixtures issue we’ll have to revisit this. It is something we’ll deal with at the end of summer again, I’m sure. I’m sure the Connacht and Ulster Councils will say thank God for replays because financially they’re good.

"Personally, the financial reason is the only reason you can give. In terms of players, equity, rest, and the fixtures programme, I think they (replays) are a problem.”

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