WATCH: Anyone who has ever been asked to be a linesman at a GAA match will relate to this sketch
The easiest way to see someone disappear right in front of your eyes.
As an association, the GAA is rightly proud of encouraging community spirit in towns and villages right throughout Ireland and a culture of volunteerism where everybody willingly gives their time and effort to the cause.
There is, however, one notable exception.
At many matches, particularly the lower down the divisions you go, referees will often need assistance from locals to help out with officiating, whether that involves acting as an (often far from impartial) umpire or grasping a flag in your hand and running the line on either side of the pitch.
Volunteers in those cases, you will often find, aren’t as forthcoming as they might be in other circumstances.
The reasons for their reluctance are numerous, but can be narrowed down to two main ones in most cases; they either can’t be arsed or they don’t want to be subject to the abuse that inevitably follows contentious decisions throughout a game.
The Two Johnnies have captured the plight of GAA supporters vulnerable to being called upon to do a spot of officiating at any second; if you’ve ever been in the situation (and if you’re from a GAA background, we’d be very surprised if you haven’t), you’ll definitely relate to this.
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