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Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald

Davy Fitzgerald looks set to avoid a proposed suspension for his comments about referees in the wake of Clare's Allianz NHL semi-final defeat to Kilkenny on Sunday.

Fitzgerald's contention that referees "have it in for me" drew the wrath of referees' chief Mick Curley, who described the comments as "ridiculous".

The outgoing Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) met for the last time on Monday evening but are understood not to have acted on Fitzgerald's comments.

It is understood that they weren't clear if they had the jurisdiction to act in such matters, with a new CCCC ready to be installed at the weekend when new GAA president Liam O'Neill will announce the various chairmen of the new committees to Central Council.

Fitzgerald's comments may still be examined at the first meeting of the new CCCC.

The Clare manager was calm as he delivered his view that referees are keen to sort him out and have "something in" for him.

The outgoing CCCC requested an apology to referee Derek Fahy from Wexford goalkeeper Anthony Masterson last summer when he was highly critical of the official after his side's championship exit to Limerick.

The apology helped Masterson to avoid a suspension.

Irish Independent