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Thursday 17 August 2017

Hawk Eye controversy in Tribe win

A 'miss' is displayed on the big screen following a decision made as a result of the Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd cameras. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
A 'miss' is displayed on the big screen following a decision made as a result of the Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd cameras. Picture: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

THE GAA was yesterday forced to suspend its score detection system after a significant "inconsistency" with Hawk-Eye during the All-Ireland MHC semi-final between Galway and Limerick, writes Frank Roche.

Hawk-Eye - the very system that was meant to clear up confusion over the validity of points - spawned a monster controversy of its own making when disallowing a first minute Limerick 'point'. Barry Nash's early effort had been flagged as a point by the umpires but then, on being put to review, was signalled a 'miss' by Hawk-Eye even though the accompanying big screen graphic showed the sliotar going between the posts. The importance of this call was magnified by the outcome - the sides level after the hour before Galway went on to win in extra-time, 0-23 to 0-20.

A GAA statement confirmed: "Following an inconsistency in the generation of a graphic by Hawk-Eye during today's minor hurling semi-final, the decision was taken to suspend use of the score detection system for the senior game. "A full review of the technology, in conjunction with Hawk-Eye, commenced (yesterday) evening and its finding will be examined by the GAA (today). It is expected that Hawk-Eye will be in full working order for next Sunday's minor and senior football semi-finals."

That remains to be seen, although losing minor manager Brian Ryan dismissed the likelihood of a Limerick appeal after his side's defeat.

"Ah yeah, listen, we move on. These matches aren't going to be replayed," said Ryan, who didn't realise Hawk-Eye had been stood down until informed afterwards by reporters.

"Coming up here today, I had 100 percent trust in it. To me, the decision, I thought it was a score," the Limerick boss added. "But we took it in good faith that it was wide and we didn't dwell on it. We moved on ... in the overall context of the game, I think that we still had sufficient chances to win the game."

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