Wednesday, August 14, 2019

David Gough will take charge of the All-Ireland Senior Football final between Dublin and Kerry.

It’s set to be the Meathman’s first appointment for Gaelic football’s showpiece event, having previously refereed the All-Ireland Minor, U21, and Senior Club finals.

Gough’s potential appointment was the subject of much comment after former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and ex-player Aidan O’Mahony called for Gough to be overlooked, not because of his ability or impartiality, but due to the pressure around him living and working in Dublin.

He works as GAA Education and Development Officer in the DCU St Patrick’s campus, Drumcondra, but continues to referee club games in Meath, where he is a member of Slane GAA club.

“I think it’s an injustice if he does get the game,” said Fitzmaurice on the Irish Examiner GAA podcast.

“Living and working in Dublin, you are not neutral.”

That comment came after Brian Gavin wrote in his Irish Examiner column on Monday: “[Kerry] might believe they have had been unlucky with David Gough in the past but it would be an injustice if he doesn’t get the appointment.

“David has worked his socks off to get to this stage and he is due it.”

Widely considered one of the GAA’s top referees, Gough took charge of the 2017 Mayo-Kerry semi-final replay and 2016 Dublin-Kerry semi-final.

Gough isn’t remembered fondly by Kerry supporters following an incident late in the 2016 semi-final where he didn’t call a free for a bad tackle on Peter Crowley which resulted in a crucial Dublin point.

He later apologised for missing the foul, saying: “I know I got it wrong. I didn’t get it wrong on purpose. I just didn’t see it.”

Gough will follow in the footsteps of his countyman David Coldrick, who took charge of the last Dublin-Kerry final in 2015.

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