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Friday 9 June 2023 Dublin: 17°C

# Referee

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# costly
France lock fined €30k for 'cheats' outburst and criticism of Wayne Barnes
Yoann Maestri voiced his disgust with the officials after his team’s Six Nations victory against Wales.
# Man in the Middle
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.
# Man in black
'I sent off the player... He struck me in the aftermath'
League of Ireland official Rob Rogers chats to The42 about the highs and lows of taking charge at various tiers.
# Man in the Middle
'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.
# payday
One of the Premier League's top referees is quitting to move to Saudi Arabia
Mark Clattenburg is leaving English football.
# class of 95
'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.
# Punishment
Under-fire referee Mike Dean demoted to the Championship
The official has endured a difficult December, following a number of controversial Premier League decisions.
# Reaction
'It's the third time in a row I have won against Arsenal, and 3 times it was about the referee'
Ronald Koeman was unhappy that Arsene Wenger blamed a mistake by referee Mark Clattenburg for Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Everton.
# Man in the Middle
'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.
# two finger salute
This Irish rugby fan's cheeky selfie with referee Nigel Owens ended in a sound gesture
This fan got a two-finger salute, an excellent selfie, and a jersey out of it. Good haul.
# Man in the Middle
Corkman Alan Kelly named MLS Referee of the Year for second consecutive season
Kelly was the clear winner with 63% of the vote.
# put up or shut up
The black card is here to stay in Gaelic Football and why the sin bin would not work
GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail gives his views.
# Analysis
Referee controversy in Dundalk-Derry and more League of Ireland talking points
Plus, water water everywhere as Wexford Youths secure historic win.
# Tragedy
Player kills referee for red card in Argentina
Cesar Flores, 48, was refereeing a match between local youth teams.
# Video
Referee unwittingly provides assist for Wigan goal
Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins will not have been too happy with Andy Woolmer.
# History Maker
'I don't expect red carpets rolled out for me' - the groundbreaking female GAA referee
The Cavan woman made history in last night’s Dr McKenna Cup game.
# Controversy
This is the penalty Anthony Foley was furious about after Munster's defeat
Romain Poite left the Munster coach deeply annoyed.
# Complaint
'The referee had a terrible night' - Bosnia coach
Björn Kuipers awarded Ireland what looked a dubious penalty in the first half.
# Man in the Middle
Former League of Ireland official Alan Kelly voted MLS referee of the year
The Cork native was recognised by players, managers and the media.
# Final
World Rugby appoint Nigel Owens to referee the World Cup final
Irishman John Lacey will referee Friday night’s bronze final between Argentina and South Africa.
# vicious assault
Investigation after volunteer referee attacked during schoolboy soccer match
It happened towards the end of a Dublin District Schoolboy League under 15s match in Dublin on Saturday.
# Controversy
Real Madrid caught up in Clasico corruption row
The complainant alleges he also received a phone call from a senior member of the referees’ committee.
# Ouch
Watch: Football referee takes one in the crown jewels
Men of Ireland – look away now.
# Ref Justice
Brazilian referee takes the law into his own hands by pulling out a gun during red card dispute
That’s one way to deal with play-acting.
# Man in the Middle
Who was the hardest Irishman for this ex-Premier League referee to deal with?
Former top official Howard Webb has given us a run-down on past encounters with Keanes Roy and Robbie, Martin O’Neil and Mick McCarthy.
# contrast
Rugby referee Nigel Owens has some interesting thoughts on officiating in soccer
The Welshman says there is a big difference between the way players are dealt with in the two sports.
# Taking Charge
Meath ref to take charge of third All-Ireland senior final for Dublin and Kerry clash
David Coldrick will be the man in the middle.
# Oi ref!
Top-flight referee starts Facebook page to explain decisions
Is this the future of refereeing?
# Case for defence
Top hurling referee Gavin to appeal proposed one-month ban after Offaly club game incident
Brian Gavin is set to take charge of Kilkenny against Waterford next Sunday.
# Behind The Scenes
Man in the middle: a day in the life of Irish MLS referee Alan Kelly gets exclusive access and goes behind the scenes to see how the Irish official prepares for a high-profile MLS fixture.
# Referee
'You can't say anything to that man' - Sean O'Brien on Wayne Barnes
The Tullow Tank felt Steffon Armitage’s breakdown efforts were ‘completely illegal’.
# Flying the flag
Irish referee Michelle O'Neill picked for the World Cup
The Wexford official has been chosen for this summer’s finals in Canada.
# Not so solid crew
Has a referee ever looked more satisfied to be sending off a player?
Sorin Stoica is VERY happy with his decision.
# Punishment
Footballer jailed for punch that killed referee
A player reacted to being booked during a game in America.
Ireland have 'no gripes' with Wayne Barnes after Wales defeat
Joe Schmidt said his side have to take responsibility for ‘what happens in our ruck’.
A Frenchman has been appointed to referee Leinster's Champions Cup quarter-final
Jérôme Garcès will be in charge when Bath come to Dublin.
# Anger
Iran demand life ban for referee after controversial call at Asian Cup
Delegation chief Houshang Moghaddas said they would lodge a formal complaint against Ben Williams.
# History
The men's All-Ireland League will have its first-ever female referee tonight
IRFU match official Helen O’Reilly takes charge of her first Ulster Bank League clash.
# play the whistle
Good news! Romain Poite won't be refereeing an Ireland game in the 6 Nations
Though we won’t have Nigel Owens either.
GAA referee tells of suicide attempt after Twitter abuse
The official suffered abuse on the social media network after a club game.