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Ulster referee gets Tyrone’s big match

Cavan referee Joe McQuillan will take charge of Tyrone’s big All-Ireland football quarter-final clash with Dublin at Croke Park on Saturday.

McQuillan’s profile has risen considerably this year and, unlike some of his colleagues, he has not found himself involved in the controversy that accompanies what are perceived to be contentious decisions.

He was a linesman at the Kerry against Limerick game last Sunday when Pat McEnaney was in charge and is now rated among the top half-dozen whistlers in the country.

In a week in which National Referees Committee chairman Mick Curley admitted the job is becoming harder, particularly in relation to interpretation of the ‘square ball’, the men in the middle are in the spotlight.

Curley has conceded that in many instances referees are only “guessing” as to whether a player was in the square or not.

There may be some raised eyebrows that an Ulster referee has been appointed to handle a game at this level in which a side from the province is involved, but the National Referees Committee is clearly committed to appointing the best whistlers.

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