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11 Reasons Why Being A GAA Umpire Is Tough

11 Reasons Why Being A GAA Umpire Is Tough
By PJ Browne Updated

[tps_header]Being a GAA umpire isn't all about half time cups of tea and free carvery dinners. It's a lot tougher than that.[/tps_header]

You've got to advise the ref.

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And you've got to do it in all sorts of weather

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Sometimes while dressed like Kenny from South Park

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It's not all about making decisions during the game though

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Sometimes it can get rough

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Players get in you face

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Then there are the 'celebrity' umpires barging into your turf

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And you need to make sure that you're taking up a good position

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You've got to watch the hand gestures

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Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

And be careful not to show off

Plus you've got to do all that while looking damn cool

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