Probe underway as referee feels wrath of Corofin

AN investigation will belaunched after a referee and his officials were accosted amid angry scenes at the end of the Connacht club SFC final in Roscommon.

Mayo referee Liam Devenney and his officials were confronted by furious Corofin supporters at the end of a heated contest.

The Galway champions were livid with the referee after having a goal disallowed in the opening half and they also disputed several of the referee’s decisions.

It was not a particularly fractious match despite the referee dishing out 14 yellow cards — eight to Corofin — in the course of the game.

But tempers were never far below the surface and afterwards many in the crowd of about 3,500 spilled on to the pitch. The match officials were confronted by several angry supporters as stewards tried to surround them.

“We will wait for the referee’s report and we will take whatever action is necessary,” said a Connacht Council spokesperson.

Corofin captain Kieran Fitzgerald was scathing of match referee Liam Devenney.

“Disappointment is an understatement. The referee was a disgrace, in my opinion. He was terrible. We are bitterly disappointed. We worked so hard and I know that Brigid’s did as well. All you want is fair play and I know this sounds like sour grapes but I was bitterly disappointed in the referee today.

“Fair play to Brigid’s, they won and they are in the quarter-final in two weeks’ time and as a Connacht team, I hope they go all the way. But when you are playing a game at this level and you put in so much work, at the end of the day you would like a bit of fair play. I feel myself, as captain of Corofin, that we did not get it,” he said.

St Brigid’s manager Noel O’Brien said he did not see the controversial incidents at the end.

He said: “I was with TG4 down the other end. I am not avoiding the issue. I didn’t see anything. I don’t like it. They have a difficult job to do and a thankless job.

“Maybe they do feel hard done by, but there is nothing we can do but take whatever chances are given by the referee and move on.”

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