Thursday 12 December 2019

Ref in the firing line as Lyng leads Wexford tirade

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Wexford attacker Ciaran Lyng has launched a blistering attack on referee Derek Fahy, describing his performance in Saturday night's fourth-round qualifier as the "most disgraceful" he has ever seen.

Lyng used his Twitter account to vent his frustration at Fahy's handling of the game, which Wexford lost to a controversial late free from Limerick's Ian Ryan, the subject of divided opinion between both umpires before Fahy intervened and signalled a point after consulting with his two officials.

Several Wexford players have already resorted to Twitter to make their feelings known about the controversial score and goalkeeper Anthony Masterson was one of the most vocal in his post-match interviews.

But Lyng has delivered the hardest hitting critique yet and says the issue was not the disputed winner, but the general performance of the official.

"People seem to be confused about our reaction to Sat's result. Whether the free was wide or not is only a minor issue," Lyng posted on his Twitter account.

"For 70 minutes Derek Fahy gave the most disgraceful refereeing performance I've ever seen, culminating in the final 'free' against Joey...Well done and good luck to Limerick."

Lyng wasn't the only Wexford player to vent his frustration, with team-mate Aindreas Doyle saying via Twitter: "If the GAA don't introduce hawkeye, I'll find it hard to go back. 'Human error' doesnt cut it - nine months work and gone."

When contacted by the Irish Independent last night, Lyng said he had held back from posting something on his account up to now, but could no longer conceal his frustration.

With only one camera in O'Moore Park on Saturday night, it was impossible to determine if the disputed point was legitimate, but Fahy was well positioned to see its flight over the top of the near upright.

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