Wednesday 25 April 2018

'Babs' lashes referee Kirwan over bans for Fitzgerald and Forde


Referee Diarmuid Kirwan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Referee Diarmuid Kirwan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Babs Keating wants to see Cork referee Diarmuid Kirwan 'put to the end of the line' for future high-profile matches after the incident that saw Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Premier star Jason Forde hit with suspensions after the sides met in last month's Allianz HL semi-final.

Fitzgerald clashed with Tipperary players, including Forde, in the Nowlan Park showdown after Kirwan opted not to award a free to Wexford in the build-up to a Tipp goal.

Afterwards, the Clare native was hit with an eight-week suspension while Forde saw his two-game ban reduced to one after a hearing.

And Keating believes Kirwan should "pay the price".

"A lot of people are making excuses for referees, I'm not making any excuses for what Diarmuid Kirwan did.

"There wasn't one free, there was three frees nearly for that incident. But Jason Forde... I think, look, Davy knows well that he has to pay the price for what he did. So long as Diarmuid Kirwan pays the same price, I'll be content."​

Tipperary are considering appealing Forde's ban. The original charge relating to 'any type of assault on an opposing team official' was not proven but Forde was hit with the lesser infraction of contributing to a melee and is set to miss the Munster SHC quarter-final clash with Cork on May 21. Tipp have the option of taking the case to the Central Appeals Committee (CAC) and should they fail there, they could move on to the DRA.

Irish Independent

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