Sunday 20 May 2018

Referee Gough explains why he didn't give Kerry crucial free in dying moments of All Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin

Referee David Gough has admitted he should have awarded Kerry a crucial free in the dying moments of last year's All Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin.

With Dublin leading the Kingdom by a point in stoppage time, Kevin McManamon hit Peter Crowley with a strong shoulder but Gough enraged Kerry fans by waving play on. Dublin countered and Diarmuid Connnolly kicked a point to seal a place in the final for Jim Gavin's men.

But the big talking point was the contentious McManamon incident with most observers agreeing Kerry should have been awarded a free in in a very kickable position.

Speaking to LMFM, Gough explained that he would have awarded the free but he did not see the incident as his line of vision was impeded by Dublin's  Michael Fitzsimons

"What people didn’t realise at the time was I didn’t know I had missed what I had missed. I don’t know how many times I have watched it back since.

"I know I got it wrong. I didn’t get it wrong on purpose, I just didn’t see it.

"Michael Fitzsimons, the Dublin corner-back, had come on that day and he had just crossed my line of vision.

"I knew an impact had happened and the ball spilled. I didn’t know whether it was a proper charge or not, but I couldn’t call it because I didn’t see it.

"Unfortunately, as Peter Crowley was getting up off the ground, the man he was marking, Diarmuid Connolly, was putting that insurance point over the bar and I could understand why Kerry people would be quite frustrated but what I would like them to realise is I just didn’t see it.

"It was a very testing situation and walking off the field after 76 minutes of what I thought was a great game of football, why this was happening?"

Listen to Gough's full interview below:

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