Ref­er­ees dis­pute re­solved

Bray People - - Sport -

THE DIS­PUTE be­tween the Wick­low Branch of the Ir­ish Soc­cer Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety and the Wick­low and District Foot­ball League is of­fi­cialy over, writes Daniel Gor­man.

The dis­pute, which lasted sev­eral weeks, sparked off in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent be­tween an Ark­low Town player and ref­eree Thomas ‘Tucker’ Dowl­ing back in Novem­ber.

But now they have kissed and made up and this week the FAI re­leased a state­ment, con­firm­ing the mat­ter had been re­solved.

‘The Foot­ball As­so­ca­ia­tion of Ire­land wel­comes the res­o­lu­tion of the dis­pute be­tween the Wick­low and District Foot­ball League and the Wick­low Branch of the Ir­ish Soc­cer Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety. As part of the agree­ment three of­fi­cials will be ap­pointed to Ark­low Town B’s next three home league games in Bridgewater Cen­tre Park af­ter Ark­low Town Foot­ball Club of­fered to ac­cept a trio in a bid to re­solve the dis­pute.

Nei­ther Ark­low Town B, nor any club play­ing against them in the league, will have to pay for the ex­tra two of­fi­cials whose fees will be paid by the Foot­ball As­so­ca­ia­tion of Ire­land.

The Wick­low and District Foot­ball League and the Wick­low Branch of the Ir­ish Soc­cer Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety are pleased this dis­pute has been re­solved and will not be mak­ing any fur­ther com­ment.

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