Gary Hamilton keen on use of video evidence in Irish League

Gary Hamilton - likely to start against Linfield on Saturday.
Gary Hamilton - likely to start against Linfield on Saturday.

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton has urged Irish League chiefs to start using video evidence in the case of mistaken identity.

Midfielder Shane McCabe missed the midweek win over Ballinamallard due to the fact he was red-carded in the previous match against Ballymena United along with Allan Jenkins.

Referee Raymond Hetherington later rescinded the cards, only after reviewing the incident on television.

Hamilton, whose team travel to Institute on Saturday, now wants league officials to follow suit.

“Every other league is moving with the times and it’s about time we followed the example,” he said. “You should be able to use video evidence in cases similar to the Ballymena game.

“All Irish League matches are now recorded, so I think we should be allowed to appeal red cards in certain circumstances.”

The referee admitted he was wrong, so that is proof that mistakes can happen.”

Hamilton admits his boys will require another 90 minutes of commitment and passion to come away from the Riverside Stadium with any degree of satisfaction.

“It will be a tough game . . . they have done really well in their first season in the Premiership,” he added. “I’ve been happy with our form, since the Dungannon defeat.”

Hamilton also hailed the contribution of new signing from Linfield Alan Blayney.

“He’s a top class goalkeeper,” he added. “Alan has been outstanding in our last few games, particularly against Ballymena when he kept us in the game at times.

“He’s a good talker and a good organiser. He’s a tremendous asset to our club.”