Tuesday 6 December 2016

Referees alert - they don't even know the rules!

Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30

Tom Quigley. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Tom Quigley. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

The plea to counties from Leinster referees chairman Tom Quigley needed a second reading to make sure there was no misprint.

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"Could I appeal to all counties to redouble their efforts to ensure that referees within their county are well versed in the rules, both old and new," wrote Quigley in his report for last year.

What? Referees not even knowing the rules, let alone interpreting and implementing them correctly?

"We were disappointed with the results achieved by our referees in the written rules test. The results would suggest that referees do not spend long enough studying the rulebook," wrote Quigley.

He was referring to referees on the development panel, rather than the elite group at the highest level.

However, if some of the emerging refs don't know the rules, the future looks grim.

Still on referees, Stephen Rochford has bucked a long-standing tradition where managers regularly blame the whistle-blower for defeat in close games. Asked for his opinion of Padraig Hughes' performance, specifically a few calls that went against Aidan O'Shea during Mayo's defeat by Dublin last Saturday, Rochford replied: "Decisions go with and against you. We might get them in Donegal (Mayo's next game). Referees make decisions on what they see in front of them."

Any chance he might have started a new trend? Probably not.

Irish Independent

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