Limerick referees to discuss ‘outside match officials’

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Referee John Sexton
A meeting of the Limerick Referees Association is to take place this Thursday night.

A meeting of the Limerick Referees Association is to take place this Thursday night.

It is expected that the issue of ‘outside’ referees officiating in Limerick club championship matches will be discussed.

It appears that eyebrows were raised in the past week when John Sexton was appointed to referee this Tuesday night’s Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship encounter between Bruff and Blackrock.

Sexton’s name appeared as the match official in the match programme but he didn’t officiate.

A native of Bruree, Sexton has refereed out of Cork in recent years as he lives in Ballyhea.

“I didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes and If I did I would apologise,” Sexton told LeaderSport this Wednesday.

“I started out refereeing in Limerick and simply wanted to go back and finish there and offer my services if they were required,” explained Sexton, who added that he remains a member of his native Bruree GAA club.

He has already refereed for Limerick County Board this season.

Sexton took charge of last year’s All-Ireland senior club hurling final and has also refereed two All Ireland senior semi-finals and the 2004 All Ireland minor final.