Bernard Flynn says the standard of inter-county refereeing is sub-standard and described some of the assisting match officials as an “embarrassment”.
Cork referee Diarmuid Kirwan was criticised in many quarters for his performance in the Allianz Division 1 hurling replay after he waved play on when Waterford’s Jamie Barron appeared to be fouled in the dying stages of the game with the Déise holding a one-point lead.
Clare responded with a late Tony Kelly brace including a contentious free, which handed the Banner victory.
The incident has led to greater discussion around refereeing and the possibility of introducing television match officials for key moments in a game.
"Linesmen are an embarrassment. They are the referee’s friends, most of them"
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, former Meath footballer Flynn says that technology can’t mask the main issue which is the standard of officiating at inter-county level.
“Technology does not compensate for bad referees,” he told 2fm’s Game On programme.
“It’s a indictment on the GAA that there have been so many bad referees over the past five, 10 years. I’m not knocking or sledging in any way at all, I’m telling the truth.
“The standard of refereeing, for the way the games have gone now, is not acceptable. It’s not good enough.
“Technology won’t improve bad referees and there’s too many of them.”
The role of umpires and linesmen has long been a topic of discussion and Flynn believes that using referees on the sidelines would help as currently the match-day referee gets little in the way of assistance.
“They [linesmen] are an embarrassment. They are the referee’s friends, most of them.”