Moran brands referee a “homer”

Refereeing standards have been a bug-bear for Mickey Moran over this year’s League campaign and the Leitrim manager was far from happy with the display of official Joe Curley last Sunday in Pearse Park as he branded the Meath official a “homer”.

Refereeing standards have been a bug-bear for Mickey Moran over this year’s League campaign and the Leitrim manager was far from happy with the display of official Joe Curley last Sunday in Pearse Park as he branded the Meath official a “homer”.

Refereeing standards have been a bug-bear for Mickey Moran over this year’s League campaign and the Leitrim manager was far from happy with the display of official Joe Curley last Sunday in Pearse Park as he branded the Meath official a “homer”.

by John Connolly

“I was absolutely gutted for the boys in terms of consistency of refereeing, in terms of over-carrying the ball,” an irate and distressed Moran told the Observer after the final whistle, “I don’t mind the frees being called if it was consistent but it wasn’t consistent. Tomas Beirne was pulled by the jersey as he tried to give a fist pass and it didn’t get there and they went down and scored a point when we were sitting in a good position.

“I thought he was a homer and that is just as simple as that at this stage. In terms of over-carrying and fouling, he was blowing our boys for going in and arms over in the first half, second half, boys around our lads, no free at all. It is the consistency of it and I thought he sided towards the home side and that is so disappointing for our fellows who gave our heart and soul out there.

“It was only a one point game and if he had given a few of those decisions that Longford got that we should have got on the far side, it could have made the difference.

“I hate arguing about it but unless we get 18 or 20 referees to referee a game of football and not teams or if they are going to have this system, would they please take neutral referees from other provinces to go and referee games instead of cutting costs.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.