The GAA is facing new calls to use video referees at crunch ties.

The calls come in the wake of the hotly-contested final between Tipperary and Kilkenny at Croke Park.

Veteran Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins said he had urged the referee to use the big screen before he awarded the fateful penalty which turned the game for the Cats.

"I shouted at the ref, ‘look at the big screen, you have a second, take a breath.’ I suppose things are getting so competitive and in a moment like yesterday when we came so close to Kilkenny."

Sports analysts say a free out should have been awarded in place of the disputed penalty.

However, Tipperary County board chairman Barry O'Brien said he could not fault the referee.

“I wouldn’t criticise the referee or take anything away from Kilkenny; they are a wonderful team. I haven’t seen the television analysis, but I hear that all the pundits say it wasn’t a penalty; it was probably a free out.

“If that is the case, the association should consider using technology to ensure that, in the future, the big calls on the big day are the correct calls and that the 10 months work put in by a team to get to that final should not be influenced by one incorrect decision, if that is the case.

“We as a county will have to consider bringing a motion to congress next year to try and introduce the use of technology into provincial finals and All-Ireland semi-finals and finals to make sure the decisions are not only the right decisions, but are seen to be the right decisions.

“I would be very optimistic about the future of this team and hurling in general in Tipperary. We are going in the right direction and with a manager like Liam Sheedy, his back-up team and the talent we have, I have no doubt that we will see Liam MacCarthy back in Tipperary sooner rather than later.”

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