Ref­eree ten­sions eased after open meet­ing

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

POOR com­mu­ni­ca­tion has been blamed for the em­bar­rass­ing sit­u­a­tion that re­sulted in two ref­er­ees turn­ing up for the SFL Di­vi­sion 1A fi­nal re­play be­tween AGB and Ti­na­hely which ended in a brief but tense ex­change be­tween both of­fi­cials in Bal­li­nakill.

A large num­ber of Wick­low ref­er­ees gath­ered in Aughrim com­mu­nity grounds last Thurs­day night to dis­cuss that in­ci­dent and to try and plan a way for­ward after a dif­fi­cult year for the men in black in the county.

It is un­der­stood that no blame was ap­por­tioned to ei­ther Dar­ragh Byrne or Eu­gene O‘Brien for the mix up that fol­lowed the of­fi­cial match ref­eree Stephen Fagan be­ing un­able to at­tend the game, and that a full and frank dis­cus­sion was held on the night be­tween all rel­e­vant par­ties in an ef­fort to iron out any dif­fi­cul­ties and ease ten­sions among the group.

The meet­ing was chaired by Kieron Kenny and it is un­der­stood that it was ac­cepted that both men were try­ing to their best to en­sure that the game would go ahead and that a fail­ure of com­mu­ni­ca­tion caused the dif­fi­culty.

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