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Saturday 10 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Referee

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# 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.
# World Cup countdown
‘They weren't expecting a female referee. They said, 'Hello, Michael!’ I was like, no, my name's Michelle’
Michelle O’Neill became the first Irish woman to referee at a World Cup four years ago. This month in France she will officiate at her second finals.
# Unhappy
'The worst thing for me is the referee had his whistle in his mouth... And he took it back out'
John Cotter was frustrated after seeing his side concede a late equaliser.
# Allegiance
Premier League referee Mike Dean celebrates as Tranmere prevail
Micky Mellon’s side will face Newport County in the final of the League Two play-offs.
# on the whistle
Garcès appointed to referee Leinster's Champions Cup final clash
The Frenchman will be in charge of the decider against Saracens in Newcastle.
# Fuming
Furious Pochettino confronts referee Mike Dean after defeat at Burnley
The Spurs boss took exception to some of today’s officiating, including the decision to award a corner which led to Burnley’s opening goal.
# On the rise
'It's something special when you prove someone wrong' - Joy Neville
Limerick woman Joy Neville has proven herself as a top-class referee.
# rossies roar
13 yellow, 4 black and one red card shown as Roscommon retain FBD League title
Donie Smith hit 0-8 for the winners against Galway.
# top of his game
Cork's Alan Kelly named MLS Referee of the Year for third time in four years
The 43-year-old served as a League of Ireland referee for 15 years but moved to the USA in 2014.
# Mullingar Town
Four men released in soccer referee assault investigation
The men were released in the early hours of this morning.
# Sanctioned
40-year bans for Mullingar Town players who attacked referee
A spectator who was involved in the assault on Daniel Sweeney was already serving a life-time suspension from playing.
# Nice Touch
Van Dijk explains why he consoled referee at the end of Germany draw
The Netherlands captain embraced the official as he had recently lost his mother.
# statement
'A black day for our club' - Mullingar Town apologise for attack on referee after soccer match
Daniel Sweeney was hospitalised following the game in Westmeath.
# daniel sweeney
Possible lifetime ban to be brought in for people who assault referees
A new tiered system of sanctions is set to be introduced.
# Not in the rulebook
Referee suspended for using 'rock, paper, scissors' instead of the coin toss
The English FA has suspended official David McNamara after his actions in a WSL game between Manchester City and Reading.
# horseleap
Referee who was assaulted at football game says he forgives those who attacked him
The FAI has begun an investigation into the attack.
# Hang Up The Whistle
Irish referee Lacey to retire at the end of the season and take up new role with IRFU
The Tipperary native will be involved in mentoring the next generation of Irish referees.
# Man in black
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.
# Man in the Middle
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.
# Opinion
Will Russia 2018 be remembered as the World Cup that revolutionised fair play?
VAR was introduced for the first time in the tournament’s history.
# Controversy
Former Premier League referee reveals role in deliberate booking scam
Mark Halsey, who retired at the end of the 2012/13 season, told the story on CNN Sport.
# COnnacht final
Galway criticise appointment of former Mayo minor manager as referee for Connacht final
A statement said the appointment of an ex-Mayo minor manager for Sunday’s Connacht final was a gross error of judgement.
# Explainer
Were Ireland unfairly treated last night or was the referee just adhering to the rules?
Colin O’Brien’s side suffered a controversial penalty kick loss to tournament favourites Holland.
# bookable offence
French referee who kicked footballer in the leg during Ligue 1 game has ban doubled
Ligue 1 referee Tony Chapron lost his appeal for kicking Diego Carlos during a match against PSG.
# Oops
Watt's my name? Ex-Arsenal player gets red card rescinded after ref's blunder
Sanchez Watt was sent off after the official mistook his name for dissent.
# chaotic scenes
Controversy as huge flag blocks VAR camera, allowing offside goal to stand
There was mass confusion in Portugal last night.
# stepping away
Four-time All-Ireland hurling final referee Brian Gavin hangs up his whistle
The Offaly man has retired from inter-county refereeing.
# Soul-searching
Mark Clattenburg claims he quit refereeing because of Jose Mourinho
The referee says he was subject of a tirade from the Manchester United manager after a game at Stoke in January
# Man in the Middle
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.
# David McHugh
Referee launches court action against Irish Rugby Football Union over dismissal
McHugh had held the role of Referee Performance Manager.
# Sanctioned
Ronan O'Gara handed 10-week touchline ban for remarks made to Top 14 referee
Racing 92 have also been fined €15,000.
# It's Official
Kiwi refs appointed to Ireland's opening November Tests
Meanwhile, Frank Murphy will run the line for Wales’ biggest games next month.
# Breaking New Ground
More history to be made by Joy Neville as she'll take charge of men's international
The former Ireland back row will become one of the first female referees to oversee a men’s international next month.
# Man in black
Tipperary native Fergal Horgan appointed as All-Ireland hurling final referee
“I’m looking forward to it massively, it’s the pinnacle of every referee’s career to do the All-Ireland,” Horgan said.
# Man in the Middle
'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.
# Scrum Debate
New Zealand media whip up scrum frenzy but Gatland defends French ref
Mathieu Raynal was dubbed a ‘villain’ after the Lions beat the Crusaders.
# straight Talk
Sulley Muntari accuses referee who sent him off of lacking 'balls'
The Pescara midfielder has seen his one-match ban rescinded on appeal, after he challenged racist abuse aimed at him.
# Disgrace
Sickening cheap-shot punch in French rugby league broke referee's jaw
Forget rugby, there’s no place in any sport for players reacting like this.
# Geezer
Kieran McGeeney banned for 12 weeks over incident with official - reports
The Armagh manager allegedly had a verbal altercation with Joe McQuillan.