Call for end to Hawk-Eye experiment
Updated: Wednesday, 21 Aug 2013 12:12
Martin Breheny believes there is no future for Hawk-Eye in Gaelic Games after the error which marred last Sunday’s All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship semi-final between Limerick and Galway.
Breheny, GAA editor for the Irish Independent, told RTÉ Radio this morning that the Hawk-Eye misjudgement in the opening minute of the game in Croke Park - and the manner in which occurred - will cast a doubt over it forever.
He said: "The reason the GAA engaged Hawk-Eye was they felt that the human error factor in score detection had led to some bad calls in terms of points over the years.
"They engaged Hawk-Eye to eradicate the human error factor and what happens?
"Human error creeps into Hawk-Eye and the net result is the GAA are left in a worse position. We now have a problem caused by technology as opposed to the human eye.
"I can't see for the life of me where there is a future for Hawk-Eye in GAA after this because the credibility is already gone two months into the experiment.
"I had reservations about it from the start on the basis it was used in Croke Park only. That is still the plan. I don't think the Championship should be run under different rules with no Hawk-Eye at the rest of the Championship grounds around the country. That was an issue from the start.”
"If you are going to have human error, have cheap human error. That wasn't costing anything"
Breheny was damning in the assessment that just one mistake from Hawk-Eye leaves it an unworthy long-term investment from the Association.
He concluded: "It hasn't worked. How much creditability can it have now and can it be trusted? If it can be trusted and works 100% from now on, there will be doubts. Last Sunday it happened in the first minute of the game.
"What happens if it happens in the very last minute of the senior final? Hawk-Eye said it will not happen again but how do we know?
"Human error was the problem, they say it was a human error so how do we know it can't happen again?
"If you are going to have human error, have cheap human error. That wasn't costing anything. Now we have a system that if rolled out throughout the 32 counties, it would, we understand, cost €500,000 a year to run.
"It is pretty expensive, it hasn't worked and delivered the same result so why bother and let human error as it is."