COUNTY Board Chairman Michael Kerr has rebuked those who jumped to conclusions after images and videos were widely distributed on social media in the wake of controversial incidents on the field of play in Tyrone this year.
Speaking at Tuesday night’s annual convention, the Eire Og clubman, who was returned unopposed to the top seat for another year, hit out at self-publicists who he believed were only too happy to act as judge, jury and executioner after a series of high-profile controversies during this season’s Tyrone club championship.
“The GAA like all other organisations has also an issue with social media. It can be a powerful tool for the promotion of our games but it can also drive potential members away.
“The number of incidents caught on phone this year was astounding but it was small compared to the number of games we play over the country annually.
“Those that comment on social media about incidents at matches, where they weren’t present, aren’t best placed to do so. They are only interested in promoting themselves.
“I particularly condemn those who in past lives were involved in administration – they should know better than to comment without all the facts.
“Social media platforms provide very powerful platforms and self-policing seems to be the only sensible solution. I therefore ask anyone who’s about to post to think before they condemn another member of our association.”
Kerr, who has just completed his first year in office, has also joined the ever-expanding list of names who have grave reservations about the five radical rule changes to football which are set to be trialled during the pre-season competitions.
“I know that the game evolves and we make changes to rule to suit. However, I, like many others can’t see the merit in making so many rule changes simultaneously and trialling them in our second most important competition.
“The league is our last chance counties have to prepare for the Provincial Championships. In 2019, we will play one competition under the new rules and then revert to watching the championship under the current rules.”
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