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Tuesday 26 September 2023 Dublin: 16°C

# Man in the Middle

This year
Anthony Nash: Referees have an impossible job - they need help, not social media pile-ons
The standard expected from officials cannot be delivered as things stand.
'It's disappointing' - Hurling referee Fergal Horgan retires from inter-county game
The Tipperary man has refereed three All-Ireland senior hurling finals.
Paul Reid is 'pragmatic' about the criticism of his role as Chair of Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
A number of politicians have questioned the appointment.
Last year
Tyrone's Hurson to referee All-Ireland final between Galway and Kerry
The Galbally Pearses clubman refereed the All-Ireland Minor final in 2018, the All-Ireland U20 final in 2021, and the All Ireland Club final in 2022.
All time
Joe McQuillan confirmed as referee for All-Ireland SFC final
The Cavan native has previously taken charge of three All-Ireland deciders.
"I know he is a Ladies football referee as well and I think he was getting crossed over with rules at times'
The Tipperary manager questioned decisions made in Saturday’s game in Thurles.
Nigel Owens retires from international rugby after refereeing 100th Test
The recent Autumn Nations Cup match between France and Italy was the popular Welshman’s last at that level.
Meath referee to take charge of All-Ireland senior football final
Meanwhile, Down’s Paul Faloon will take charge of the U20 football decider.
Tipperary native Fergal Horgan appointed as All-Ireland hurling final referee
Liam Gordon of Galway will officiate the Joe McDonagh Cup final.
Andrew Brace appointed referee for the Pro14 final between Leinster and Ulster
The 32-year-old has been a rising star of the refereeing scene in recent years.
All-Ireland final referee Gough opts out for 2020 due to social distancing concerns
‘As long as there is social distancing still in place,’ the Meathman is unavailable.
'She hugged me and said my story saved her life': Referee Nigel Owens on helping others
The well-known Welsh official has used his profile to speak about overcoming difficult situations.
Jérôme Garcès will ref the World Cup final between England and the Boks
The 46-year-old will be the first Frenchman to adjudicate a World Cup decider.
'He apologised, we got on with life' - Gough on Brolly
David Gough says he wasn’t affected by all the talk in the lead-up to the drawn All-Ireland final.
Cork's Conor Lane to referee All-Ireland final replay as ticket prices reduced
Dublin and Kerry will battle it out once more for the Sam Maguire in two weeks.
O'Mahony insists there's no Kerry mafia with a 'witch hunt' against All-Ireland ref Gough
O’Mahony and Eamonn Fitzmaurice raised questions over Gough’s suitability because he lives and works in Dublin.
Kerry chairman: 'The team and management have no issue with David Gough as the All-Ireland referee'
Tim Murphy insists no one in the Kerry camp has an issue with the appointment of the Meath referee.
David Gough confirmed as referee for Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland football final
This comes as the Meathman’s first All-Ireland senior final in the middle.
Owens appointed to referee Pro14 showdown between Leinster and Glasgow
John Lacey and Mike Adamson will be the touch judges at Celtic Park.
Garcès appointed to referee Leinster's Champions Cup final clash
The Frenchman will be in charge of the decider against Saracens in Newcastle.
'We’ve been penalised a lot by him so need to be wary of our discipline'
Wayne Barnes is the man in the middle for Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks.
All-Ireland hurling final ref Owens 'can understand' James McGrath's outrage after snub
‘I would have been upset if I didn’t get the call,’ the Wexford man said.
Cork's Conor Lane to take charge of Dublin-Tyrone All-Ireland football final
This will be his second All-Ireland senior final as the man in the middle.
Premier League referee quits aged 32 due to 'change in his personal circumstances'
Regarded as one of the finest officials in the English game, Bobby Madley has decided to retire.
Wexford's Owens to take charge of Limerick-Galway All-Ireland hurling final
Owens was in charge for the 2015 decider between Kilkenny and Galway.
'I don't mind saying it but I cried when I got that phone call': The last Corkman at a World Cup
It’s 20 years since Eddie Foley made history at France ’98.
South African Stuart Berry to referee Leinster-Scarlets Pro14 final
The official will take charge of Saturday’s decider at the Aviva Stadium.
Referee Clattenburg admits allowing Spurs to 'self-destruct' and lose the title
Tottenham’s clash with Chelsea proved key in handing the Premier League to Leicester City in 2016.
Gough to take charge of a Kerry game for first time since last year's All-Ireland semi-final
The Meath man has been appointed to referee the replay against Mayo.
'Somebody would want to explain the advantage rule to him because he didn’t seem to know it'
Tipperary boss Liam Kearns questioned the performance of referee Paddy Neilan.
Nigel Owens to take charge of Munster's Pro12 showdown with Scarlets
The Welshman will referee his fifth championship final this weekend.
Reilly to referee Mayo game for first time since controversial 2014 All-Ireland semi-final replay
Reilly will take charge of the match between Mayo and Donegal.
'Donal wouldn't want us missing out' - hurling ref takes charge of game two days after brother's funeral
Alfie Devine took charge of the match between Meath and Derry.
'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''
Welsh referee Nigel Owens remembers his early days officiating in the amateur game.
'I'll always reflect on where we started, the highs, lows and everything in between'
The 2016 Major League Soccer decider takes place in Toronto later this evening and Cork native Alan Kelly will be at the centre of it.
Corkman Alan Kelly named MLS Referee of the Year for second consecutive season
Kelly was the clear winner with 63% of the vote.
What's it like to prepare for an All-Ireland final as a referee?
John Bannon has been in charge of two football finals.
Football's favourite lip-licker Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final
Premier League ref gets the nod for France v Portugal.
Nigel Owens to cap a remarkable 12 months by taking charge of Saturday's Pro12 final
It will be his fifth major final in a year.
Nigel Owens will make history when he takes charge of Fiji v Tonga in June
World Rugby have announced the appointments for this summer’s internationals.