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GAA president makes Sludden plea

GAA president Christy Cooney has appealed to the media to park the controversy surrounding under-fire referee Martin Sludden, and allow the Tyrone official to get on with his life.

Sludden was at the centre of a sensational end to the Leinster SFC final, when he incorrectly awarded a stoppage time goal which gave Meath a narrow win over Louth.

"I hope he is allowed to move on and concentrate on future refereeing assignments without disruption or distraction," said Cooney.

Writing in his programme notes for the All-Ireland quarter-finals, Cooney said recruitment of match officials is currently subjected to an unprecedented level of attention.

"Martin Sludden's role in the Leinster final has been well documented, and at this stage it needs to be pointed out that he held his hands up and admitted his mistake after that match."

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