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Sludden set for return

CONTROVERSIAL referee Martin Sludden will take charge of his first inter-county game since being attacked at the end of last year's Leinster football final when Armagh play Antrim in the Dr McKenna Cup at Crossmaglen on Sunday.

Sludden made a massive blunder by allowing Joe Sheridan's last-gasp goal for Meath to stand at the end of last summer's Leinster final against Louth.

He was attacked as he left the field amid ugly scenes, following which Croke Park erected a safety barrier in front of Hill 16.

The Dromore man has officiated at the top club level since, taking charge of the Ulster club quarter-final between Clontibret and Naomh Conaill in October, but this is his first inter-county game since that infamous Leinster final.

There was no referee allocated to Sunday's Armagh v Antrim clash when the fixtures were initially announced earlier this week but, yesterday, Sludden was listed as ref on the Ulster Council website.

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