Wednesday 12 December 2018

Duffy retires from inter-county refereeing

Referee Marty Duffy Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Referee Marty Duffy Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

Marty Duffy has retired from the panel of inter-county referees.

The Sligo official will reach the age of 50 this year and will no longer be eligible under the upper age limit rule brought in for referees in 2010.

Duffy took charge of the 2009 All-Ireland final between Kerry and Cork, which Kerry won.

There was controversy at the beginning of that match when Kerry's Tadhg Kennelly caught Nicholas Murphy hard with a high tackle at the throw-in.

Kennelly suggested in his autobiography that it was pre-meditated but the former Kerry ace subsequently qualified what he meant and said, that had the book been written by an Irish author, it would have been phrased differently.

Duffy refereed the Munster final in 2007 and 2013 and the Leinster decider in 2006 and 2012.

His departure follows that of hurling referee Brian Gavin, who confirmed his retirement last week.

Meanwhile, the retirement fo Duffy's fellow countyman Mark Breheny after 17 seasons leaves Fermanagh's Ryan McCluskey as the longest-serving Gaelic footballer at inter-county level.

Breheny first played for Sligo in the 1999-2000 league but didn't make his championship debut until 2002. He won a Connacht senior medal in 2007.

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