"We have to acknowledge that an incorrect score was given to Tipperary"

June 05, 2018

Waterford's Noel Connors and goalkeeper Stephen O'Keeffe argue with the umpire after Waterford were awarded a goal during their side's Munster SHC round 3 clash at the Gaelic Grounds.
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Referees Development Committee chairman Willie Barrett says he's open to extending the use of Hawk-Eye for goal-detection technology.

It comes after last Sunday's highly controversial Munster SHC draw between Tipperary and Waterford at the Gaelic Grounds, where Tipp's second goal in the 62nd minute from Jason Forde's long-range free was wrongly awarded after an umpire had adjudged the sliotar to have crossed Waterford's goal-line.

"It was a big call and unfortunately on the day human error got it wrong. We have to acknowledge that an incorrect score was given to Tipperary," Barrett told the Irish Independent.

"Going forward, how best can we assist umpires and referees in decision making and goals?

"I think scores are the most important thing because they win matches. We have a point detection system with Hawk-Eye in Croke Park and Thurles and we have to look at the possibility of extending that, particularly with the way the hurling championship is in Munster and Leinster at present. I think that is something we will be reviewing.

"Obviously we can't bring it in for this year, I don't think. But in future we must try and ensure we have, where possible, detection systems for all scores.

"That's my view on it. I think we could extend, not just in terms of venues but the use of Hawk-Eye for not alone points but goals as well. And I think that's something we'll review at the end of the championship season."

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