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Neighbours 'can referee'

The GAA insist that referees from neighbouring counties will still take charge of championship fixtures where there is a potential clash, writes Colm Keys.

It follows the switch of referee Derek Fahy away from the Westmeath/Wexford match in Wexford Park tonight after a question was raised by Wexford.

Fahy, from Ballymahon on the border between Longford and Westmeath, will now take charge of the Louth/Carlow fixture in Portlaoise tomorrow.

Croke Park's Pat Doherty has said the decision was based on the involvement of Trevor Smullen, a former Longford player from Ballymahon, with Westmeath, not specifically geography.

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