Joe Canning has had a stellar hurling career.

Four All-Ireland club titles with Portumna and a Liam MacCarthy medal won by Galway in 2017, just rewards for for one of the game's finest exponents.

In an interview on RTÉ's Game On, the Portumna man was asked about one thing he would change in the game, he replied: "I would take the guy out of the stand that is marking the referees".

Yes, that individual, up in the stands, taking all the notes.

Canning continued: "I would let the referees ref a game the way they see it, that is with common sense. OK, they will get things wrong, that is natural.

"I think now they are more afraid of getting something wrong because of the assessor in the stand."

Recalling an incident, the 32-year-old added: "I remember a match we played last year and a lad got a second yellow. I said to the ref there is no need, I'm fine.

"The lad hit me with a little slap on the back of the helmet, got a second yellow and was sent off. He (the referee) came to me after the match and said 'If I didn't give him the yellow I'd be docked marks from the assessor and I mightn't get another game'.

"That's very tough when you are thinking about that. Referees are under serious pressure as it is and people can be very harsh on them. A bit more common sense needs to be applied all round."

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The Galway talisman, who has a splint on his thumb but insists he will be fine for a Leinster semi-final on 3 July, also spoke about the state of the game at the moment.

The size of the sliotar, the number of scores in a game and the benefits of having crowds back at matches to witness such spectacles, also came under the spotlight from the straight-talking Canning.

The rise of social media and why those who shout loudest, he adds, has weight in why decisions are made with regard to the new rules.