Wednesday 24 January 2018

Brian McIver could still face referee rap despite resignation

Former Derry manager Brian McIver
Former Derry manager Brian McIver
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Brian McIver has stepped down as Derry football manager but that may not stop the GAA's Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) from laying a charge against him for comments made about referee Conor Lane after the qualifier defeat to Galway.

McIver, who resigned after three years in charge after the Salthill defeat, was scathing in his criticism of the Cork referee over a number of issues, chiefly the black carding of Brendan Rogers and the failure to award a penalty to Cailean O'Boyle. McIver described some of Lane's decisions as among the "worst" he has ever come across.

The CCCC have been vigilant in pursuing managers for comments made to and about referees in recent times.

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody successfully challenged a two-month ban proposed for him last year after comments made about referee Barry Kelly. Peter Creedon, Mick O'Dowd and Kieran McGeeney all sat out matches for comments.

Clare football manager Colm Collins missed the Championship because of a three-month ban he picked up earlier in the year.

Elsewhere, Down football manager Jim McCorry has narrowly survived a vote of confidence. Down County Board voted by 22-20 to retain McCorry's services at a meeting last night.

He has been just one year in charge and guided them to promotion to Division One. However a qualifier defeat to Wexford had put pressure on him in recent weeks.

Irish Independent

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