Monday 24 July 2017

Injured players should train as refs

Offaly manager Eugene McGee wants injured players to have a go at reffing training matches
Offaly manager Eugene McGee wants injured players to have a go at reffing training matches

Diarmuid Lyng

Eugene McGee, the Offaly manager who denied Kerry the five-in-a-row and leading Irish Independent columnist, was in studio in the past week to talk about the great Mick O'Dwyer.

Eugene, I'm sure, was only too delighted to have a decent conversation about one of the greats of the game as opposed to being bombarded with questions on the FRC and the black card.

We chatted afterwards on the issue of respect for referees and the committee's attempts to address the issue. Dishing out a card or threatening suspension to deal with players and mentors abusing officials has its merits. But it's not to be confused with respect.

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