Limerick GAA referee calls for vote of no confidence in disciplinary body

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

Aidan Ryan
A leading Limerick GAA referee has called for a motion of “zero confidence” in the county’s Disciplinary Appeals Committee.

A leading Limerick GAA referee has called for a motion of “zero confidence” in the county’s Disciplinary Appeals Committee.

Aidan Ryan, of Na Piarsaigh, has described the disciplinary committee as “dreadfully incompetent”.

LeaderSport has obtained an email that Ryan sent to fellow referees and leading Limerick GAA officials to hit out against the “softly softly stroke politics approach” of the Appeals Committee.

“I wish to request our referees association put forward a motion of zero confidence in our appeals committee. They are totally undermining our association in upholding letters from players and clubs to overturn red cards we issue?,” said Ryan.

“What is the point in issuing a red card anymore if these people who obviously have little regard for referees keep rescinding them?,” questions the referee.

“I and my linesman have been made fools of in a posting on the Dromin-Athlacca Facebook page because of this committee’s nod and wink attitude.”

Ryan refers to a posting on May 11 on a Dromin-Athlacca GAA Facebook page which read: “for anyone that was disgusted with the red card that was handed out in the game against Bruree. I have amazing news for you. That red card was over ruled”.

Aidan Ryan was the referee in that Premier IHC game between Dromin-Athlacca and Bruree.

He replied to the social media message with a posting: “this disgraceful posting totally undermines referees and linesmen and will be the subject of another investigation”.

Ryan’s reply was removed and now the initial posting is also gone from the Dromin-Athlacca Facebook page.

In his email, Aidan Ryan queries the seriousness of the Appeals Committee undermining referees.

“We are totally undermined here and I am sorry, I don’t share some views (that)it’s none of our business, and our job is discipline on the field. If our cards are being overturned by a committee that holds letters from players rather than referees reports as carrying more power, it is very much our business and I want to express our lack of confidence in this committee and seek their dissolution,” stated Ryan, who is currently PRO of Limerick Bord na nOg.