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Limerick to lodge appeal as Hawk-Eye apologise for GAA score fiasco

Malfunction was caused by human error, Hawk-Eye MD Steve Carter tells GAA representatives at meeting in Dublin this evening.

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Updated 21.48

LIMERICK WILL LODGE an appeal with the GAA regarding the Hawk-Eye error which cost the county their place in the All-Ireland minor hurling final.

Hawk-Eye this evening apologised for the malfunction which saw Barry Nash’s score wrongly chalked off by the technology, blaming the problem on human error.

The embarrassing incident occurred in the opening minute of yesterday’s minor semi-final between Limerick and Galway. After the sides finished level at full time, Galway went on to win by three points in extra time and book their place in the minor decider on 8 September.

But that result will have to be reviewed in the coming days after the Limerick County Board met this evening and decided to press forward with an appeal.

“Luimneach CLG can confirm that we will be lodging an appeal with the CCCC based on the failure of the Hawk Eye Score Detection System during the All Ireland Minor Hurling Semi Final in Croke Park on Sunday August 18th,” a statement issued this evening read.

“In the interests of fairness to all involved we will be not be making any further comment until the full process has been determined.”

Hawk-Eye managing director Steve Carter flew in to Dublin this evening for an urgent meeting with GAA representatives and explained that the mistake was caused by incorrect data input by a member of the Hawk-Eye team.

“During the game between Limerick and Galway at Croke Park on Sunday last, conflicting readings were displayed by the Hawk Eye system,” the company said in a statement this evening.

This was due to an error in match day set up on the part of the Hawk Eye team. All of the settings were adjusted to cater for hurling, bar one value for the Hill 16 end posts, which was set for football.

Steve Carter, the Managing Director of Hawk Eye Innovations, met with the representatives of the GAA at an urgent meeting this evening. He explained the cause of the malfunction and the operational steps being taken, under his personal supervision, by the Hawk Eye team to ensure there will be no repetition.

Sony Hawk Eye wishes to apologise to the GAA and its supporters and to reassure them that the system will be fully reliable for all future games.

Speaking on Newstalk’s Off The Ball show today, Limerick manager Brian Ryan gave his personal opinion that there should be a replay.

The GAA confirmed that a full review of the Hawk-Eye system would take place this week but added it should be back in place for the All-Ireland minor and senior football semi-finals on Sunday.

– Additional reporting by Patrick McCarry; first published 21.35

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