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# Referee

All time
# Man in black
'I’m racking up air miles!' - Ireland's Alan Kelly on life as an MLS referee
The Cork official has settled in well in the States and has recently been nominated for Referee of the Year.
# Cowardly
Boxer banned for life after 'brutal attack' on referee
Croatian Vido Loncar was unhappy with the official’s decision to halt the match.
# In the clear
Brian Cody cleared of misconduct for 'criminal' comments after All-Ireland final
However, the Kilkenny boss has been warned as to his future conduct.
# You're the Ref
Analysis: Should BJ Botha have been yellow carded against Leinster?
Munster head coach Anthony Foley insists the prop was playing within the laws of the game.
# officials
Munster's Foley joins O'Connor in questioning refereeing of Leinster clash
The southern province’s head coach felt BJ Botha and Damien Varley should have stayed on the pitch.
# Critical
Matt O'Connor - 'You need strong officials and I don't think we had that tonight'
The Leinster head coach was displeased with the refereeing of the breakdown and the scrum.
# Taking Charge
Eddie Kinsella to referee Kerry and Donegal in the All-Ireland senior football final
Fergal Kelly of Longford will take charge of the minor game.
# Judicial
Gigantic Kiwi prop Tameifuna cited for pushing referee to the ground
The case will be heard tomorrow after the incident in last weekend’s ITM Cup action.
# He's The Ref
Barry Kelly to referee Tipperary and Kilkenny in All-Ireland hurling final
Tipperary’s Fergal Horgan will take charge of the minor decider.
# Oops
Arsenal's Santi Cazorla gets maced with vanishing spray
The Gunners ultimately defeated Crystal Palace 2-1.
# Full time
Full-time for Premier League ref Howard Webb
The high-profile official is taking up a new position.
# Controversial
Wexford GAA release video highlighting referee's performance following Laois loss
Anthony Nolan’s display has come under scrutiny.
# Protest
'A lot of mistakes is questionable' - Nigeria coach hits out at ref's display after France loss
Stephen Keshi was aggrieved that Emmanuel Emenike had a first-half goal ruled out for offside among other issues.
# Grown Ups
World Cup fans are being incredibly mature about the ref's disappearing spray foam
Just really adult and sophisticated.
# Men in Black
'Michael Fennelly giving a slap of the hurl across the arse. Yes you did. Free in'
Barry Kelly, the man who sent off ‘Kilkenny’s favourite son’, stars in Setanta Sports documentary on referees.
# mad skillz
MMA referee hops in to stop fighter from beating on KO'd opponent with slick chokehold
Don’t mess with this man in black.
# Last call
Fitting swansong for Alain Rolland as he gets Heineken Cup final reffing gig
One of these men is off to Cardiff at the end of the month. The other is Munster legend Paul O’Connell.
# Ouch!
Referee Chris Foy forced to go off after taking a ball in the face
Foy has a suspected broken nose after the incident in the first minute of Newcastle’s meeting with Swansea.
# Whistleblower
Englishman Wayne Barnes to referee Munster's clash with Toulon
The ERC has announced the full list of refereeing appointments for the European semi-final weekend.
# Man in the Middle
Referee lockout sees Ireland's Alan Kelly make his MLS debut
The Cork native took charge of Seattle Sounders’ win against Sporting Kansas City over the weekend.
'Comedians' website advertises Howard Webb for motivational speaking
Feel free to insert your own joke, Liverpool fans.
# Punishment
Toulon boss Laporte gets 13-week ban for verbal tirade against ref
The former France head coach is in trouble for his attack on match official Laurent Cardona.
# way harsh
VIDEO: This referee got so fed up that he decided to disregard the yellow-card rule
Carlos Maglio adopted an unorthodox method in an attempt to control the players of Estudiantes and Gimnasia.
# take two
Replay ordered in Munster schools GAA game after black card controversy
An official statement has been released this evening on the issue.
Munster GAA pay tribute after tragic deaths of Limerick referee and Clare handballer
Shane Hourigan and Barry Nash tragically died in road accidents in recent days.
# rule change
You won't be hearing the 'yes, nine' call in this weekend's Heineken Cup
The IRB has made a greatly welcome alteration to the scrum-related protocol.
# crunch
Rugby referee sent flying by 18-stone Bath hooker
Luke Pearce eventually recovered to issue 10 penalties and a yellow card to the Premiership side.
# lolz
VIDEO: Moussa Sissoko accidentally floors referee Mike Jones
The man in black had to receive treatment for a bloody nose after the incident.
# smokescreen
Rob Penney: 'Perpignan will be trying to ambush us'
The Kiwi head coach was delighted with how his tactical plan worked out last weekend.
# Controversy
Wes Brown was sent off today for this innocuous challenge as Sunderland lost
Sunderland were left with 10 men following a less-than-malicious tackle by the ex-United defender.
# Supporting LOI
Interview: Ireland's top referee Kelly keen to make an impression in the US
The Airtricity League whistleblower talks about his move to the States and the standard of officiating in Ireland.
# Drama
VIDEO: Late goal in Dublin hurling final is disallowed as ref blows full-time
Dramatic conclusion to the meeting of Parnells and Ballyboden St Enda’s last Saturday in Parnell Park.
# Referee
Referee Alain Rolland to retire at the end of the season
The 47-year-old will hang up his whistle after one more year.
# Outburst
Jim Gavin: 'Not only were we playing Mayo, we were playing the referee'
The Dublin boss wasn’t happy with the amount of frees awarded against his side yesterday.
# Man in the Middle
James McGrath appointed as All-Ireland final replay referee
The Westmeath man will take charge when Cork and Clare face off again.
# Reaction
David Moyes criticises Ashley Young, says he deserved booking
The winger received a yellow card in today’s game for a blatant dive.
# in charge
Joe McQuillan appointed as All-Ireland senior football final referee
The Cavan man will officiate in Croke Park on September 22nd.
# in charge
Brian Gavin appointed as All-Ireland senior hurling final referee
The Offaly man will take charge of the clash between Cork and Clare on September 8th.
# Tough Tackle
Brazilian referee delivers crunching body-check on unsuspecting player
How many men in black dreamed of a sweet move like this.
# Controversy
GAA to review stadium policies in Newbridge after fans jostle referee McQuillan
Director-General Paraic Duffy has described the scenes as ‘completely unacceptable’.