Referee James McGrath, who controversially sent off Patrick Horgan in the Munster hurling final in July, will take charge of next Saturday week’s All-Ireland final replay and Cork have no issue in relation to his appointment, according to County Board Chairman Bob Ryan.
The Westmeath official gave Horgan his marching orders in Cork’s Munster final against Limerick after he adjudged that the Glen Rovers clubman had struck Paudie O’Brien’s helmet.
Cork subsequently lost the game and many believed that the numerical disadvantage that day had a big bearing on the outcome
Horgan was handed a proposed one-match ban by the Central Competitions Control Committee in the aftermath of the game but he and Cork sought a meeting with the Central Hearings Committee (CHC) where they successfully argued that the contact was accidental and the suspension was dropped.
“What happened with Pat Horgan is in the past,” insisted Cork chairman Ryan today.
“We wish the man the very best — it’s a great honour to be appointed as referee in an All-Ireland final and we hope that he has a good game. What happened in the past is over.’’
McGrath later defended his call to send off Horgan in a newspaper interview.
“I can only base my decision on a split second and from what I saw at the time I felt it was dangerous and I feel I made the correct decision.”
McGrath also took charge of last year’s All-Ireland final replay between Galway and Kilkenny and he will be assisted on the sidelines by Brian Gavin, the referee for the September 8 final, and Johnny Ryan from Tipperary.
Meanwhile, Kerry great Tomas Ó Sé has been appointed team boss of the UCC Freshers football team for the coming season.
The holder of five All-Ireland medals, who has yet to make a decision on his playing career with the Kingdom, will be a major addition to the UCC management team given his experience in green and gold.