Tipperary football boss Peter Creedon called to explain comments on referee David Coldrick

Tipperary football boss Peter Creedon will be asked to explain his recent comments about referee David Coldrick in Dublin this evening.

Tipperary football boss Peter Creedon called to explain comments on referee David Coldrick

The Cork native was highly critical of Coldrick’s officiating of Tipperary’s Division 3 defeat to Armagh in the Athletics Grounds on February 1.

Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd confirmed it was not a hearing but rather a meeting organised by the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) as part of their investigations into Creedon’s remarks.

Creedon last week defended his comments: “I normally don’t (speak out) and sometimes you should hold your guard but I just thought the referee had a very poor performance and when I watched the tape, it confirmed everything I said. I still think that there should be some avenue open for people to maybe question the referees in terms of their performance.”

If found to have made derogatory comments about Coldrick, Creedon could be banned from the sideline for Tipperary’s clash away to Fermanagh on Sunday week and possibly other upcoming games like the visit of Clare on March 7 and trip to Louth on March 15.

Last November, Central Council decided to change the punishment for such behaviour in pre or post match interviews from suspensions to a withdrawal of sideline privileges.

It came in the wake of Brian Cody’s heavy criticism of Barry Kelly’s late decision in the drawn All-Ireland final to award Tipperary a free.

In his annual report in January of last year, director general Páraic Duffy had called for the measure as it was a more appropriate penalty than a minimum eight-week ban.

Meanwhile, the GAA has confirmed the sideline regulations reducing numbers on the perimeter has not changed in spite of the large number of Galway and Clare officials standing alongside the pitch in Pearse Stadium on Sunday. The matter came to a head at the end when Galway were awarded a late free close to the stand sideline.

According to match regulations, a manager, one selector and medic are permitted to be in the “manager’s zone”. Other team officials are expected to sit with substitutes but remain seated at all times.

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