Monday 26 February 2018

Peter Creedon stands defiant over referee criticism

Peter Creedon, Tipperary manager
Peter Creedon, Tipperary manager

Jackie Cahill

DEFIANT Tipperary football manager Peter Creedon is standing by his scathing criticism of former All-Ireland final referee David Coldrick.

Creedon slammed Coldrick for his performance during the Premier County's one-point defeat to Armagh in the opening round of the National Football League's Division 3 fixtures.

Tipp bounced back with a 12-point victory over Limerick last Sunday to kickstart their campaign but Creedon may not be patrolling the touchline for his team's next outing against Fermanagh at Brewster Park on March 1.

It is understood that Creedon has been asked by Croke Park chiefs to explain his post-match comments following the Armagh game, with a hearing expected this week.

After the Limerick game, when Creedon was free to direct operations from the touchline, he smiled: "I mightn't be there the next day."

But the Cork native insisted that he was within his rights to query why Coldrick had played over the two minutes of injury-time originally signalled, which allowed Armagh to claim a late winner through Jamie Clarke.

Creedon said: "I normally don't (speak out) and sometimes you should hold your guard but I just thought the referee had a very poor performance and when I watched the tape, it confirmed everything I said.

"I still think that there should be some avenue open for people to maybe question the referees in terms of their performance.

"We never get to see the assessors' reports or anything like it. A lot of effort is being put in now - we enjoy what we're doing, there's no point in not saying that - but if a referee has a poor performance, why can't that be said?"

And Creedon backed calls from Tipperary coach Michael O'Loughlin for the introduction of the hooter time-keeping system, despite recent reports that the GAA will backtrack on plans to introduce the rule.

Irish Independent

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