Thursday 14 December 2017

'That was a huge issue for me' - Tipp boss Liam Kearns not happy after controversial refereeing performance

15 July 2017; Tipperary manager Liam Kearns before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3B match between Tipperary and Armagh at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
15 July 2017; Tipperary manager Liam Kearns before the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 3B match between Tipperary and Armagh at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
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Tipperary manager Liam Kearns hit out at referee Paddy Neilan after his side's qualifier loss at Semple Stadium this evening.

Kearns acknowledged that Kieran McGeeney's men deserved their win but was critical of two aspects of the official's performance. The Premier County boss didn't like Neilan allegedly intimating that his players were going down too easily to win frees, and also lamented the referee's failure to use the advantage rule on a number of occaions.

"I don't want to talk much about the referee, they have a tough job," Kearns told Sky Sports after the game.

"All I could see him doing was this [makes diving gesture] and he was intimating that my players were diving. My players don't dive, they just don't dive. That was a huge issue for me.

"Also I thought the advantage rule just was not applied. I'm saying that for both sides. The referee didn't cost us the game. Armagh were the better team."

Armagh march on two round four of the qualifiers, where they will face the losers of either the Leinster or Ulster final.

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