Wednesday 21 March 2018

Breffni facing disciplinary backlash for referee abuse

Joe Dillion, Cavan, leaves the field after being shown a black card by referee Derek O'Mahoney
Joe Dillion, Cavan, leaves the field after being shown a black card by referee Derek O'Mahoney
Referee Derek O'Mahoney is escorted off the field after the game, surrounded by protestations from Cavan players, officials and fans
Cavan manager Peter Reilly
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Cavan could face disciplinary action after referee Derek O'Mahoney was verbally abused and jostled at the end of Saturday's All-Ireland U-21 FC semi-final against Dublin in Portlaoise.

O'Mahoney made several key decisions in the second half that incensed the four-in-a-row Ulster champions, who lost a semi-final by a point for the second year running.

Breffni boss Peter Reilly had words with him afterwards but it was the actions of some of Cavan's players and supporters that could bring about disciplinary action.

Several players and one supporter were caught on camera verbally confronting the referee as he tried to get off the pitch. Stewards and a garda had to intervene when one person attempted to manhandle him.

Some missiles also appeared to be thrown at the Tipperary official from the stand when he was being escorted through the tunnel.

Much will depend on the content of O'Mahoney's official match report but, irrespective of what it contains, the CCCC usually launches its own investigation when such confrontations occur.

They already have video evidence to review, as the game was broadcast on live television. The GAA has a 'Give Respect – Get Respect' campaign to try to stamp out abuse of referees and take such matters very seriously.

Derry senior football manager Brian McIver had to sit out his side's recent Division 1 semi-final victory in Croke Park because he was serving a one-month ban received for a comment he made to a referee earlier in the season.

The U-21 football final, in which Dublin will meet Roscommon, has been fixed for Tullamore on Saturday week (May 3) at 3.0.

The following day sees Tipperary take on Kilkenny in Semple Stadium in the NHL Division 1 final with throw-in at 3.30pm. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

Irish Independent

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