Saturday 21 April 2018

Referee Brian Gavin cleared to referee Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final

Referee Brian Gavin
Referee Brian Gavin

Colm Keyes

Brian Gavin is free to take charge of Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford after an Offaly Hearings Committee cleared him of the charge of allegedly making abusive comments to a referee after a local club game.

Gavin, who has taken charge of three All-Ireland finals, was reported by referee Pauric Pierce for making the alleged comments after an Offaly junior football quarter-final between Clara, the club where Gavin is chairman, and Kilclonfert. Clara lost the game.

Referee Brian Gavin
Referee Brian Gavin

Offaly's Competition Controls Committee proposed the ban on receipt of the report from Pierce, who is the Offaly Board's Coiste na nOg chairman.

Gavin sought a hearing which was due to take place next week.

But Croke Park intervened and requested that the hearing be brought forward to last night (Thursday) to avoid a distraction for Gavin as he prepared for Sunday's match.

Gavin was determined to clear his name and preserve his reputation and is understood to have vigorously rebuffed the charge at the hearing. 

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