Friday 20 October 2017

Erne Refs chief sees red at overturned cards

A leading Fermanagh official has blasted the Hearings Committee over its alleged
A leading Fermanagh official has blasted the Hearings Committee over its alleged "questionable rulings" on sending-offs.

A leading Fermanagh official has blasted the Hearings Committee over its alleged "questionable rulings" on sending-offs.

Erne County referees secretary Harry Traynor said the committee's record on overturning decisions this year had left refs "questioning why they bother to apply the rules at all".

In his annual report, Traynor said that discipline "continues to be very poor towards officials, and I again ask the CCC to take note with these players and management without fear or favour".

"I cannot pass this aspect without a swipe at the Hearings Committee, who yet again in 2013 have demonstrated very questionable rulings that leave referees questioning why they bother to apply the rules at all," he said.

Traynor added that we are "all too aware of specifics involving our most senior referee in recent months".

This was a reference to the Hearings Committee's controversial decision to rescind red cards handed out to top Roslea forwards Seamus and Sean Quigley in a Fermanagh Senior League semi-final against Devenish.

Seamus Quigley was sent off for alleged verbal abuse of referee Martin Higgins, while Sean Quigley was dismissed for alleged striking. Both decisions were overturned.

Traynor's trenchant views are not shared by county secretary Tom Boyle, who complimented the Hearings Committee in his annual report.

Boyle said that "discipline has improved markedly compared to the past two years".

Irish Independent

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