We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
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.”

Bonner confirmed as Donegal manager

18:35 | 21/9/17

Declan Bonner has been confirmed as the new manager of Donegal on a three-year term.

Kilcar focused after "wake-up call"

14:53 | 22/9/17

Kilcar manager Barry Doherty says last week's defeat to Bundoran was "a wake-up call" ahead of Saturday's Donegal Club Championship semi-final against St Michae...

Lynch set for Patrickswell return

16:29 | 22/9/17

Cian Lynch is expected to start Patrickswell's Limerick club hurling quarter-final replay against Ballybrown on Saturday.

O'Sullivan likely to play on

09:49 | 22/9/17

Kerry forward Darran O'Sullivan says he will play another Championship summer if manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice wants him to.

Geaney urges Clifford to stay with U-20s

09:34 | 21/9/17

Kerry All-Star forward Paul Geaney says rising star David Clifford may be better off playing Under-20 football next season.

What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.