Changes to the rules have been coming thick and fast in GAA. For inter-county referee Niall Cullen the use of modern technology is crucial for him to do his job.
At the recent GAA Congress voted motion to introduce a new rule to try and tackle cynical fouls was passed.
This means any cynical foul which is deemed by the referee to prevent a goal-scoring opportunity within the 20 metre line or the ‘D’ is punished with a penalty awarded to the attacking team and a ten minute sin-bin for the offender.
Cullen admits that this new rule will shine a greater spotlight on referees but he believes that the different webinars and modules issued by Croke Park will make it a lot easier for referees to become comfortable with the new rule and more importantly be consistent about what merits a ‘goal-scoring opportunity’ and what doesn’t.
“Any time that anything subjective is brought in, the focus will be on the referee until there is a kind of consistent approach among us all.
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Posted: 6:57 pm March 20, 2021