Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Refs chief Curley says tough stance was right

The Tyrone and Antrim county boards have received a ringing endorsement from National Referees Committee chairman Mick Curley for the tough stance they took with offenders following serious violent incidents at games.

“I'd like to think the punishments handed out by the Antrim and Tyrone county boards will have an effect,” stated Curley, himself a former top-flight referee, “If this is seen to be an ongoing thing, then hopefully people will realise they can't get away with that sort of behaviour without severe sanctions.

“You'd like to think that people would cop on and see that that sort of carry-on doesn't get them anywhere. I'd certainly be support of a ‘zero-tolerance' policy.”

His strong support for the two Ulster counties came just hours before Tyrone chairman Ciaran McLaughlin addressed his county Convention yesterday with Antrim chief Jim Murray set to address delegates at their annual forum in Dunsilly tonight.

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Derry champions Watty Grahams, Glen will face O’Rahilly Gaels of Cavan in the semi-final of the Northern Bank Ulster minor football tournament after securing a 0-9 to 0-4 win over St Eunans.

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