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Return doubt for Sludden


Mystery surrounds the comeback of controversial referee Martin Sludden, who had been expected to take charge of Sunday's Dr McKenna Cup clash between Armagh and Antrim.

Sludden was tipped to take charge of the game in Crossmaglen but, unusually, no referee has been appointed for that fixture, despite officials being named for all other matches in that competition this weekend.

The Tyrone referee has not seen inter-county action since last summer's infamous Leinster final, which saw him award Meath a late goal that should have been disallowed in the dying moments of their win over Louth.

Sludden was subsequently rushed from the field amid ugly scenes. The Dromore clubman has since refereed at club level, taking charge of the Ulster club quarter-final between Clontibret and Naomh Conaill in October.

Ulster Council officials could not be contacted last night to confirm whether Sludden would be refereeing the game.

Irish Independent