Críost Rí may act after ref’s card error

Ephie Fitzgerald: Blasted the midweek officiating gaffe as a 'farce'
Ephie Fitzgerald: Blasted the midweek officiating gaffe as a 'farce'

The fallout from the first black card officiating error looks set to hold up Munster’s Corn Uí Mhuirí football competition.

Losers Coláiste Chríost Rí are expected to lodge an objection following Wednesday’s quarter-final defeat to Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne when referee Kevin Walsh blundered in not sending off a Corca Dhuibhne player.

The row centres around Walsh’s decision to allow substitute Gareth Ó Brosnacháin replace Barra Ó Súilleabháin. The Kerry school’s captain Ó Súilleabháin received a yellow card in the first half and was black carded on 46 minutes. Under the new rules, the midfielder should have received a red card following his second cautioning, but the ref not only failed to flash the red card but permitted a replacement. Munster colleges servicing officer John Brennan said the Cork school contacted him to clarify procedure to lodge a complaint.

“The referee’s report is expected tonight and if Coláiste Chríost Rí decide to put in an objection, there will be a hearing of the Munster Post Primary CCC committee,” he noted.

“They have three days to lodge an objection and we will hold off on fixing a date for the semi-final until the three days have passed.”

Críost Rí manager Aidan Moynihan said they would await the ref’s report before deciding what action to pursue, but Brennan confirmed they must first submit a written complaint.

“If that man had not been replaced, the outcome after normal time could have been very different,” speculated Moynihan.

“I went on to the field to try and address the issue. I was dismissed quite abruptly by the referee. I was asked to leave the field and if I didn’t, I would be put off. The linesman on our side was Eddie Walsh who is from Kerry and part of Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s Kerry backroom team. The other linesman was also from Kerry, Pat Sheehy.

“It was a bit of an ambush position to be putting us in having those officials. The new rules are laid out as plain as day on the GAA website.”

Críost Rí selector Ephie Fitzgerald called the officiating “a farce”.

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