Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

O'Reilly: Limerick win 'injustice'

Longford secretary Peter O'Reilly has hit out at the GAA's decision to award the NFL points to Limerick following confusion over the experimental playing rules last season.

Longford launched an appeal after scoring what would have been a winning goal seconds after the final whistle had been sounded.

Under the new experimental rules, however, the game should not have ended until the ball went out of play.

"The decision to award the game to Limerick following an incorrect interpretation of the experimental rules by the referee, who admitted to this in his report, was an injustice which was further compounded by the Hearings Committee's failure to allow our appeal," O'Reilly said in his annual report.

"Would the same decision have been arrived at if some of the top counties were in a similar situation? I don't believe that there is room in our games for 'experimental rules'. Bring them in at all levels at the same time."

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