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Monaghan resist temptation to complain about ref

By John Campbell

Monaghan will not be making any formal complaint about a comment that one of their players alleges the match referee made to him during Sunday's Ulster SFC quarter-final against Tyrone in Omagh.

But the alleged incident was so unusual that the National Referees Committee will still investigate the incident.

Monaghan wing-back Darren Hughes alleged after the game that Meath official Cormac Reilly said something inappropriate to him before half-time.

“I'll not repeat what he said to me in the first half, but referees shouldn't be saying that,” said Hughes.

Monaghan were unhappy with several calls that Reilly made in a game that saw them reduced to 13 men after captain Dick Clerkin was sent off for a second yellow card and Dessie Mone got a straight red in the dying minutes for a high tackle.

But Hughes was furious afterwards at what he claims the match official said to him — and it is understood he relayed the comment to his team-mates during their half-time team talk.

Monaghan sources indicated yesterday that they will not be making a formal complaint.

They do not want to get embroiled in a controversy, accepting that they lost the game on the field of play, and do not want any subsequent comments to be interpreted by others as sour grapes.

But the chairman of the National Referees Committee Mick Curley left the door open to them yesterday.

Curley revealed that the National Referees Committee is set to have a look at the alleged incident.

“This is the first I have heard of this and I did not see the match myself,” Curley said.

“But all the match videos are at our disposal so we will probably have a look at it now and talk to the referee as well.”

Monaghan have already questioned why the official that was originally appointed for their match (Cavan's Joe McQuillan) was changed midway through last week.

“Joe was originally appointed to the Ulster game but then it emerged that Marty Duffy (Sligo) was injured so we had to move him to do the Dublin v Laois game and Cormac Reilly was appointed to do the Ulster game,” added Curley.

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