Ex Players i think would help the respect issue as they would be respected more as individuals
I would also like the following implemented
1.Referee's to issue cards for abuse of officials and be very strict on it
2.Clubs to be fined for any player or management who are booked/Sent off for abusing officials
3.Sunday Game could also have a referee to explain decisions
Interesting line from an article written by Brian Galvin regarding umpires
"Umpires haven’t been brought in by Croke Park for coaching or advice and that is a mystery when it’s been a tough summer for them, especially in hurling"
Waterford-Tipp game on the 8th of July - umpire waved the ball as a point, Hawkeye over-ruled, with many comment's being made about umpires who are friends or acquaintances of the referee. In this case it was actually a referee who made the incorrect decision.
I do think the GAA need to provide specific training - I've umpired quite a few games, including some county finals, and while it is easier to see a football, a sliotar is harder to see, especially when there is little room behind the goalposts to be able to position yourself to be able to see it.