Monday 27 February 2017

Sludden kept out of league picture for first weekend

Martin Sludden is not among the 16 referees who will be on duty for the first round of football league matches this weekend.

Sludden has been held in reserve as the inter-county season gets under way but he is part of the panel of referees that will take charge of league matches.

The Tyrone man was at the centre of controversy at the end of last year's Leinster final when he allowed a Meath goal by Joe Sheridan to stand, condemning Louth to a bitter defeat.

He has been back in action in Tyrone and in recent weeks he took charge of the McKenna Cup tie between Antrim and Armagh.

League appointments are made by the central referees appointment committee, the same body that looks after championship engagements.

Meanwhile, new attire to be worn by GAA referees will be unveiled at Croke Park later today. New black, red and blue strips have been designed for referees as part of an extensive makeover.

It is also anticipated that umpires will ditch the white coats in preference for a modern look based on the shirts worn by AFL umpires. This has not yet been finalised, however.

Irish Independent

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