The Kerry County Board may face a hefty fine after objects were thrown at referee David Gough following yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final.
Items including match programmes and plastic bottles were flung in the direction of the Meath official by Kerry fans as he left the field via the Cusack Stand tunnel.
Kingdom supporters were incensed when four minutes into additional time Gough chose not to award Peter Crowley a free for an aggressive tackle on Kevin McManamon, which TV replays showed was a foul. Kerry were trailing by one point at the time and conceded another shortly after McManamon forced Crowley into turning over the ball.
Kerry selector Mikey Sheehy attempted to speak to Gough as he left the field with his team of match officials. Crowley and Colm Cooper had spoken to him immediately after the final whistle.
Even if the incidents are not mentioned in Gough’s report, the Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) could look to investigate. The CCCC also has the power to refuse entry to GAA property to those that can be identified or suspend or expel them if they are members of the organisation.
Antrim goalkeeper Chris Kerr tweeted: “After watching that again... Surely Peter Crowley was fouled? Gough is a class ref but diff (sic) missed a few for Kerry.” Former Laois footballer Craig Rogers posted: “Shocking decision by Gough — how was that not a foul on Crowley”.
Ex-Kilkenny hurler Richie Power wrote: “Absolutely scandalous refereeing. Peter Crowley nearly knocked out and no free!!! Something seriously wrong with consistency.”
Éamonn Fitzmaurice chose not to discuss Gough’s decision. “I’m going to bite my lip on it, I’ll leave it. I’d prefer not to say anything, look ye saw it yourselves, you are all smart guys and can make up your own mind. I don’t want that to be the story, to be honest.”
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