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Referee Padraig Hughes lies on the pitch after twisting his ankle during the match between Dublin and Donegal

Referee Padraig Hughes lies on the pitch after twisting his ankle during the match between Dublin and Donegal

Referee Padraig Hughes lies on the pitch after twisting his ankle during the match between Dublin and Donegal

IT certainly didn't pay to be a referee at one weekend game.

Padraig Hughes had to be stretchered off the pitch at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey five minutes into the second half of the crunch Allianz League game between Donegal and Dublin.

The Armagh official is understood to have twisted his ankle and couldn't continue.

He is thought to have pulled ligaments and received hospital treatment last night.

Highland Radio commentator Tom Comack said: "Padraig, who is a very well-respected referee, wasn't able to carry on. As far as I know, he twisted his ankle."

He was replaced by Michael Duffy – but things didn't go any better for him as he was booed off the pitch by Donegal fans at the final whistle when the match ended in a draw and Donegal were relegated from Division 1.

Irish Independent