Monday 11 November 2019

Mcenaney: Referees were not up to scratch

Pat McEnaney
Pat McEnaney
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

FORMER referees chief Pat McEnaney conceded that football officials weren't up to scratch at the start of the league season.

However, McEnaney, who has just stepped down as Chairman of the National Referees Committee, believes they have recovered their form quickly.

"We definitely didn't start well," said the Monaghan official. "Our first two matches weren't to the standard that we needed to get to. And we had a meeting there. We call the lads in every two weeks, so we looked at maybe 30 clips and we analysed them.

"And thankfully in a number of games I seen over the weekend we seemed to get it fairly right."

McEnaney pointed to the performance of Eddie Kinsella in the Dublin-Kerry game as an example of good officiating, dismissing post-game criticism by Dubs boss Jim Gavin.

"I analysed the game fully and Eddie Kinsella produced about 12 cards I think. I thought he was flawless in every card that he picked.

"I think when Jim reflects on that and goes home and does the analysis I think that he just might come up with a different answer. That's what we are always saying about referees when people say 'why doesn't some referee come out after the game and give an interview?'

"It's like the manager, it's heat of the moment. When Jim Gavin has a rethink, looks at the video clips of that game he might give a different interview on a Tuesday morning."

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