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[ # ] Munster Under 21 Final Fiasco
July 31st, 2008

The officials are at it again. Last night in the Munster under 21 final they had to be escorted off the pitch after a ridiculous decision handed Tipperary the win. Deep in injury time Clare were awarded a close in free around the 21 which would probably have given them the win, but then the referee spotted one of his umpires at the other end, back he went and the umpire tells him the keeper stepped outside the small box when taking his puck out, referee then calls back the free and instead gives Tipp a 65, Pa Bourke points it for them and they win. Cue chaos as Clare fans go nuts and storm onto the pitch, ref and officials get a garda escort off and some of the fans have a sit down protest!

Unreal - where in the world would you get it except a GAA match in Ireland. The TV replays showed the keeper had put one foot outside the square - come on, ONE FOOT!, what was the umpire on? was he deliberately biased towards Tipperary? Still it is the letter of the law and the law says for that transgression a 65 is awarded so the ref followed the instructions.

Thing is though, watch any game of hurling over the rest of the year and look how many times keepers have a foot outside the square and how often it get’s penalised. Lots and never.

It’s a completely unsatisfactory way to end a game, particularly a final. Unfortunately it’s not uncommon, all round the country every weekend there’s probably a few games that are decided by a point that was or wasn’t or a debatable free. Hard to deal with really, the referees do the best they can in a thankless job and it’s the nature of a high scoring sport to have contentious endings.

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Read the Comments

[ # 5976 ] Comment from ENDA [July 31, 2008, 2:50 pm]

hi it was a disgrace to end the game what with the injury time the ref should have common sense but again another fuck up a draw would be a fair result they should be a replay.enda from clare.

[ # 5979 ] Comment from Billy [July 31, 2008, 4:44 pm]

I guess the officials were only following the rules. Don’t like to criticise them cos its an awful job and they get no support for anyone. Apparently Clare aren’t looking for any replay. They should have, its not often they have a chance of winning an under 21 title!

[ # 5996 ] Comment from Raymond Topley [August 1, 2008, 9:20 am]

Clare Co Board owe it to their players to seek a reply. The fact is that the referee set the game going and a foul was committed by Tipp resulting in a close in free for Clare. That was as real a part of the game as anything else and the free should have stood. If the ref then decided to give the 65 to Tipp well and good. Raymond Dublin

[ # 6000 ] Comment from Larry [August 1, 2008, 10:52 am]

What would have happened if the ref hadn’t noticed the umpire. Clare would have scored their free and won the match most likely. Would Tipp then demand a replay?

[ # 6010 ] Comment from [August 1, 2008, 8:32 pm]

Wasn’t at the match and didn’t even know it was taking place that night. Saw TnaG footage on RTE news. The conduct of the umpire surpasses anything I have seen at a sporting venue in terms of meddlesome officiousness. The referee should, of course,have had the prudence to over-rule this attention-seeking greenhorn and spare him the infamy with which his name will be remembered in Clare for many years to come. While I do not condone violent behaviour in any shape or form at a sporting venue, I think the Clare supporters were entitled to turn the presentation opf the trophy into the farce which, apparently, it was.

[ # 6017 ] Comment from joe in galway [August 2, 2008, 1:17 am]

rule 4.15 states “to take the puck out from outside the small rectangle is a foul”. outside in its ordinary meaning would mean that the goalie would need to be entirely outside the rectangle . he clearly was not and clare are entitled to a replay. the umpire should be castrated . no i did not mean castigated

[ # 6034 ] Comment from Jim in Tipp [August 2, 2008, 5:14 pm]

The keepers foot was clearly outside the square and he had been warned on numerous occassions so theoretically the umpire was right.
Regardless of right or wrong, those Clare fans who tried to assault the official and idiots like joe in galway should be ashamed of themselves. They should be identified on tv and banned from all gaa activity.

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