Controversial Referee Appointment For All Ireland Football Final

From Odhran Crumley 

Cavan referee Joe McQuillan has been appointed as the man in the middle for next Sunday’s All Ireland Football Final between Dublin and Mayo. 

McQuillan has been the man in the middle for two recent All Ireland wins for the ‘boys in blue’ coming under criticism from then Mayo manager, James Horan in the 2013 decider. Horan claimed that Joe had informed Cillian O’Connor there was thirty seconds left to play as he tapped over a late free in the 2-12 to 1-14 defeat. The final whistle would then blow immediately after.

Jim Gavin also criticised McQuillan after the same game as he felt that his side were facing ‘sixteen men’, despite his side coming away with the trophy.

McQuillan has in recent years been viewed as a ‘pro Dublin’ referee from many inside the GAA Community, it is also common knowledge that he is known to officiate at Dublin in-house games.

This will be the Breffni Native’s third All Ireland Senior Final and he will be assisted by Conor Lane (Cork), Padraig O’Sullivan (Kerry), Niall Cullen (Fermanagh) and his own dedicated team of umpires.