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SBD Global/August 20, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Gaelic Athletic Association Investigating HawkEye Following Error In Hurling Semifinal

The Gaelic Athletic Association "has stood down" HawkEye techonology "following an error" during the All-Ireland minor hurling semifinal at Croke Park, according to the IRISH INDEPENDENT. HawkEye was brought in by GAA chiefs this year -- making its debut at the All-Ireland Club Finals on St. Patrick's Day in Croke Park. The system, which is sponsored by retailer Specsavers, "was in full use for the All-Ireland championships." An "investigation into how the error occurred is underway" (IRISH INDEPENDENT, 8/18). In Dublin, Kevin Doyle reported the GAA is using HawkEye "on a trial basis in Croke Park with a view to rolling it out around the country." It "is thought to have cost the GAA in the region" of  €200,000 ($266,940), although "the actual figure has never been confirmed." Until Sunday, HawkEye "had been praised as a positive development in the game" (IRISH HERALD, 8/19). The RTE reported it is expected that HawkEye "will be in full working order" for next Sunday's minor and senior football semifinals (RTE, 8/18).
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