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Double helping: Keith Kennedy (pictured) was the man in charge for the first period at Ballymena before being replaced by Tony Clarke. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

Double helping: Keith Kennedy (pictured) was the man in charge for the first period at Ballymena before being replaced by Tony Clarke. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

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Double helping: Keith Kennedy was the man in charge for the first period at Ballymena before being replaced by Tony Clarke (pictured)

Double helping: Keith Kennedy was the man in charge for the first period at Ballymena before being replaced by Tony Clarke (pictured)

Tough job: Barry Gray says it’s important referees are given support

Tough job: Barry Gray says it’s important referees are given support

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Double helping: Keith Kennedy (pictured) was the man in charge for the first period at Ballymena before being replaced by Tony Clarke. Credit: INPHO/Presseye/Stephen Hamilton

The underfire refereeing fraternity has found an unusual ally — a football manager.

While the men in the middle have been on the receiving end of much criticism from several quarters of late, Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray has jumped to their defence.


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