The former All-Ireland winner Oisín McConville was on punditry duty yesterday during Donegal vs Armagh and the Armagh believes there should be two referees in Gaelic football.
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Speaking on BBC and quoted via Balls.ie
“Can we talk about the bigger issue? A referee, with these players and the condition that they’re in, trying to keep up with the game for 70 or 80 minutes (is impossible).
A referee is making decisions from 40, 50, 60 yards away from the play. It’s just not going to work.
I remember saying five or six years ago that there should be a referee in one half and a referee in the other half. We are going to need two referees at this level. The players are just too fit…
That incident (the disallowed goal) would have given Armagh some sort of momentum in the second half. I accept 100 per cent that Donegal were way superior to Armagh, Armagh in the second half had the first five or six chances and didn’t get anything out of them…
I’m not suggesting that this one incident changed the game.”
Oisin McConville is spot on. For inter-county matches we need two referees, one for each half of the pitch. The players are far greater athletes than the referees and we need to compensate for that. Donegal definitely the better team today, but Armagh have every right to complain
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