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GAA referees put in spotlight by managers

Liam Bradley

Referees will now come under much closer scrutiny for the remainder of the Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup competition following reservations expressed by several managers on what they view as inadequate policing of some elements of the experimental rules in the first round of matches.

With the second round programme of fixtures scheduled for tomorrow night, managers are united in their desire to see referees become much more vigilant and authoritative.

Liam Bradley was angry that his Antrim side were denied what looked like a certain goal against Derry when referee Leo Smyth penalised them for a hand-pass that the manager vehemently claims was a fisted pass while Paddy O’Rourke saw his side fall victims to the hand-pass syndrome on several occasions against UUJ.

"I think the GAA has got to look at the refereeing situation," he said.

"There were only two frees awarded for hand-passes in our match against Derry on Sunday and both of them were against us.

" It was poor decision-making on the part of the referee, I felt."

Belfast Telegraph