GAA to use Hawk-Eye at Croke in next two Championships

An umpire ruled out Tomas O'Connor's goal for Kildare against Donegal
Umpires incorrectly ruled out a Kildare goal in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final against Donegal

The GAA will use Hawk-Eye technology on a two-year trial basis at all Championship games at Croke Park in 2012 and 2013.

The decision was taken by the GAA's Central Council on Saturday.

This follows a number of incorrect refereeing calls in high profile games over the last number of seasons.

The Central Council meeting also opted to retain the current National Football League format although Division 1 semi-finals will be played.

This is opposed to a straight final in Division 1 which has been the case in recent seasons.

The Central Council did opt to make changes to the format of the National Hurling League.

Holders Dublin will be joined by Kilkenny, Waterford, Tipperary, Galway and Cork in Division 1A with Antrim playing in Division 1B alongside Wexford, Offaly, Limerick, Clare and Laois.

Wexford and Limerick are the major losers as they were scheduled to play in the existing eight-team Division 1 next season.

Down will play in Division 2A with Carlow, Kerry, Westmeath, Wicklow and Derry.

Ulster finalists Armagh will be in Division 2A with London, Kildare, Meath, Mayo and Roscommon.

The top two teams in each division will contest the finals with the bottom two counties involved in relegation play-offs.

However, the big talking point from Saturday's meeting was the decision to introduce the Hawk-Eye technology.

Controversies in recent years at Croke Park have included the infamous finale to last year's Leinster Football Final when Meath's Joe Sheridan scored a clinching goal which clearly should have been disallowed.

Kildare were also the victim of incorrect calls in major calls over the last 12 months.

These included Benny Coulter's goal in last year's All-Ireland semi-final which should have been disallowed for a square ball while the Lilywhites had a three-pointer incorrectly ruled a square ball in last month's All-Ireland quarter-final against Donegal.

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