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Ex-Inter County Manager Suggests Penalty Shootouts Could Be Used in Hurling...

Ex-Inter County Manager Suggests Penalty Shootouts Could Be Used in Hurling...
By Conor Neville

The well-established propensity for GAA referees to pluck a replay from the jaws of a definitive winner has produced untold amounts of eye-rolling (as well as a cottage industry in stale jokes) from some of the sport's more cynical supporters down the years.

But one former inter-county manager wants these lucrative replays to become a thing of the past.

John Allen wants all games to be decided on the day from now on. His reasoning - club players are being messed around by the system whereby a draw in an inter-county game plays havoc with the club calendar.

Some system needs to be arrived at to ensure a winner. Extra time and if necessary, a 'golden score' or penalties soccer style (and that we would borrow an idea from the beautiful game).

Read his Irish Times column here.

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