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# Referee

Last week
12th March 2023 - 18th March 2023
# Unhappy
Real Madrid to appear as 'injured party' in Barca referee scandal case
Spanish prosecutors charged the Catalan club with corruption on Friday.
This month
March 2023
# response
Cork soccer club vows to defend reputation over referees' boycott
Club said CCTV shows ‘very significant discrepancies’ between the statement made by the Cork Branch of the ISRS and the video evidence.
Last month
February 2023
# Say Cheese
Referee body cameras to be trialled by FA in adult grassroots leagues
The intention of the trial is to improve behaviour towards referees.
Last year
# Referee
David Coldrick says social media has put 'increased attention' on referees
The Meath referee came under scrutiny after the Galway-Armagh All-Ireland quarter-final.
# rugby weekly extra
'I think Sexton is justified to try and push to get the right decision'
The Leinster captain’s interactions with referee Craig Evans were discussed on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
# underage game
Roscommon GAA and gardaí looking into incident that led to referee receiving medical attention
The incident occurred during an underage game in Ballyforan.
# Mic'd Up
TG4 feature live referee mic for first time in today's Kerry SHC final
GAA Beo viewers were able to hear the rationale and reasoning behind decisions as the action unfolded.
Opinion: We as legislators have an obligation to tackle the scourge of sledging in sport
Shane Cassells addresses the rise of online ‘sledging’ – where one player shouts abuse at the other to make them angry – during sporting games.
# feedback
The All Blacks should have been shown two yellow cards in the first Test
Ireland are understood to have got feedback that they also should have been awarded a penalty try.
# Treatment
Abuse of referees should not be accepted but is 'part and parcel of our game'
Maggie Farrelly is an experienced inter-county referee.
# Humour
Snooker star Judd Trump sees the funny side as he plays joke on referee
The 32-year-old distracted Ben Williams then moved a ball to pretend to give himself an easier shot – to the amusement of the Crucible crowd.
# First Time
Referee Maggie Farrelly to make history in men's Allianz League game
The Cavan official will take charge of the Division 4 football match between Leitrim and London this Sunday.
# slap on the wrist
Bundee Aki gets citing warning for 'act of dissent' towards referee Raynal
The Ireland centre will not face a suspension for remonstrating with the French match official.
All time
# Reaction
Loughmore boss hits out - 'Our first reaction was we were treated pretty badly down here'
Frankie McGrath saw his team finish with 13 men in today’s Munster semi-final loss to Ballygunner.
# making history
Cavan's Maggie Farrelly set to become the first woman to referee a senior men's county final
The official will take charge of the Cavan senior football championship final replay between Gowna and Ramor United.
# Double Down
Kolisi: 'I didn't feel respected at all. I didn't feel I was given a fair opportunity'
The Springboks say that the Lions ‘destroyed the dignity of the series.’
# Hitting back
Rugby Australia slam Erasmus' 'unacceptable' attack on referee Berry
The Aussie union’s CEO says public attacks like this can’t be tolerated.
# Top man
Lions believe O'Keeffe is 'professional enough' not to be distracted by Erasmus
Meanwhile, Dan Biggar is on track to be fit for tomorrow’s second Test.
# Unhappy
Ronald Koeman fumes over referee's display in El Clasico
The Dutch coach walked out of one television interview after the match.
# trailblazer
Rebecca Welch makes history by becoming first female referee appointed to English Football League match
‘It shows that there is a real opportunity to young girls,’ says the 37-year-old, who takes charge of Harrowgate v Port Vale on Easter Monday.
# In The Middle
Irish officials to take charge of a World Cup qualifier for first time in four years
Referee Rob Hennessy will lead the team of Irish officials for Saturday’s game between Belarus and Estonia.
# rebuttal
Celtic star insists he is not a diver
Albian Ajeti was accused of causing referee Kevin Clancy to wrongly award the Hoops a spot-kick against Kilmarnock.
# time off
Mike Dean granted request to stand down from Premier League this weekend over death threats
The referee was involved in two controversial incidents last week.
# Man in the Middle
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.
# Welfare
Online abuse sees EPCR switch referee Brace's Champions Cup appointment
‘With his welfare and development as a referee to the fore, this course of action was deemed to be appropriate.’
# Calling the shots
'About time' - history made as Frappart becomes first female to referee men’s Champions League clash
The Frenchwoman broke more boundaries last night.
# poachers
Beirne braced for breakdown battle in Paris with Barnes not ruled out as ref
Ireland and France both have strong jackal threats in their teams.
# Unimpressed
Former referee sorry for officials over penalty ’embarrassment’
George Courtney has been left perplexed following a weekend full of controversy.
Joy Neville makes more history as Nigel Owens gets 100th Test appointment
Meanwhile, Andy Farrell’s Ireland have learned who will be refereeing them this autumn.
# whistle blower
'You're almost taking a punch on the chin for the good of the game'
Irishman JP Doyle was made redundant by the RFU in England earlier this month.
# Side Entry
Analysis: Total accuracy at the breakdown is now almost impossible for referees
Eoin Toolan takes a look at some of the issues with the modern-day breakdown.
# The Line-Out
'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.
# Cherry picked on
Bournemouth's Gosling demands apology from ref over 'sarky' comments
‘I think he should really come out and apologise because I thought he was a disgrace.’
# League Sunday
O'Rourke in contact with Gough after criticism of language used in RTÉ TV GAA debate
The comments were made during a discussion on the black card on last night’s programme.
# Audio
Bravo to Super Rugby for finally allowing fans in the stadium to hear the TMO
The supporters at Eden Park could eavesdrop on the chat between the referee and his TMO.
# Admission
'Dark-humoured' joke led to sacking of former Premier League ref Madley
The PGMOL said at the time he had ‘decided to relocate due to a change in his personal circumstances.’
# belief
Schmidt 'incredibly positive' for Ireland as he hopes for better refereeing
The Ireland boss has handed Johnny Sexton the ‘deserved honour’ of captaining the team.
# in the spotlight
Meath to ask 'higher GAA authority' to investigate complaint by ref against ex-chairman
Peter O’Halloran stepped down as county chairman last Friday night.
# Ref
'Anything can happen in four years, so I just want to take this opportunity in Japan'
Andrew Brace is the only IRFU match official involved in the upcoming World Cup.
# Controversy
FAI hit back at claims they are not doing enough to stamp out violence against referees
20-year-old official Harry McCann said an U13 manager attempted “to strike me” in a game on Saturday.