Longford Leader columnist, Mattie Fox
Longford meet Wexford on Sunday next. A few relevant matters apply to this game.
First off, it’s such a great thing that Longford are home to Wexford. I recall a few times being beaten by Wexford, and it’s time Longford settled the score there. At least once, they were treated badly by the referee in a Wexford game.
We’re finally looking seriously at Pearse Park; that’s one motivation.
Second, and more motivating still, if Longford win the next few games - not an easy ask in any sense - they’ll be guaranteed a second tilt against Armagh, this time in Croke Park, and hopefully on this occasion, if it comes to pass, with something approaching a decent referee.
Incidentally, how many times are Central Council reminded of the poor decision making of the referees Longford are continually subjected to?
Have they ever?
This very important issue absolutely must be drawn to attention.
It can’t be that the GAA are so controlling that All Ireland tickets will be rationed just because someone speaks their mind?
Even the political GAA can hardly be as petty as that.
They surely care something about game fairness, and equality?
This year alone we’ve witnessed outrageous behaviour by the match officials, in Longford games.
Linesmen who chat all through the games to an opposing member of the backup team, referees making terrible decisions, linesmen standing within 7 metres of a free taker...... this is a terrible way for one team to be treated.
It shouldn’t be acceptable. It isn’t acceptable to supporters.
I learned that at GAA meetings one has to be insistent. It works, because every official is a GAA man at heart.
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