REVEALED: Paddy Power’s plan to find competent Hawk Eye official for All-Ireland Final

Somebody help, please!

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Paddy’s sent a Kilkenny GAA fan to the home of cricket in a bid to recruit a competent Hawk-Eye official for this Sunday’s All-Ireland.

The fan wore the black and amber colours of Kilkenny and was spotted amongst the spectators during England’s one-day international against India at Lord’s on Thursday holding up a sign that read, “WANTED: COMPETENT HAWKEYE OFFICIAL. MUST BE AVAILABLE TO WORK THIS SUNDAY.”

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The fan’s desperate plea for help comes as Hawk-Eye’s use in this weekend’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling final remains in limbo after the system malfunctioned in last week’s opening football semi-final at Croke Park, where the technology judged a clear point from Galway’s Shane Walsh to have gone wide.

The fiasco was labelled “an absolute joke” by pundit Pat Spillane, and earlier this week, former GAA President Sean Kelly urged the association to withhold money owed to the UK based operators following the clanger, claiming “the people operating it are not doing their job properly.”

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However, the system has functioned largely without issue for over a decade at Lord’s and beyond.

GAA fans are famed for popping up at random sporting occasions and hawk-eyed sports fans spotted our man in the crowd from a mile away after we infiltrated the Home of Cricket to have a bit of fun yesterday.

But the integrity of results during sporting occasions is no joke and they are key to our customers outcomes. While few could have predicted last weekend’s cock-up, an impressive chunk of our customers did.

We had to resettle a significant number of bets on the draw at half-time, costing us a six-figure sum, so it’s in our interest to make every effort to ensure that the best of the best will be at the helm for Sunday’s hurling final between Limerick and Kilkenny if the GAA retain their services!

Meanwhile, Paddy make three-in-a-row chasing Limerick the favourites to lift the trophy this season while Brian Cody’s men are outsiders to add to their record-breaking tally of 36 titles.

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