Ex Kerry Manager Eamon Fitzmaurice Disgracefully Questioned The Credibility And Reputation Of David Gough
David Gough of Meath has been officially confirmed as the referee for the Dublin verses Kerry All Ireland senior football championship final on September 1st.
Gough is regarded as one of the top referees in the country and its believed that it was his performance in the Dublin and Cork game in the Super 8’s that sealed his appointment as referee for the upcoming final.
David Gough was the referee when Dublin and Kerry met in the 2016 All Ireland semi-final which Dublin won by two points.
Earlier this week ex Kerry manager Eamon Fitzmaurice disgracefully questioned the credibility, reputation and integrity of Gough by claiming because he lives and works in Dublin it would be an injustice if he got the game and because of the fact of where he resides and works he couldn’t be neutral.
It was a clear indication of the Kerry propaganda machine up and running three weeks ahead of the final and there will be plenty more of that right up to the 1st of September.
David works as a GAA Education and Development Officer in the DCU St Patrick’s campus in Drumcondra. He is a member of Slane GAA club and referees club games in Meath.
To suggest that someone who is not from Dublin but happens to work and live there is going to be incapable of being neutral, in other words favour Dublin is ludicrous and insulting.
Gough is highly regarded as one of the top, if not the top referee in the country and his handling of games is always fair and without fuss, one of his greatest assets is he is not fooled by the increasing simulation which is creeping into the game more and more.
Fitzmaurice and those in Kerry are still smarting over that loss to Dublin in 2016, Gough missed a foul by Kevin McManamon on Peter Crowley late in the game.
A free at that point might have brought Kerry level but Dublin swept down the pitch to put two between the sides and held on for the win.
David 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.”
He also though apologised for missing a foul on Philly McMahon as he went to pick up the ball in the same game, just like the rest of us Gough is human and can make mistakes.
Refereeing is a thankless task and it’s no wonder that the GAA struggle to get people to take up the whistle with comments like the ones coming from Fitzmaurice and others.
The other officials for the 2019 All Ireland SFC Final Are Cork’s Conor Lane, who refereed last year’s final, is the standby referee. The other linesman is Barry Cassidy (Derry), with Sean Hurson (Tyrone) appointed as the fourth official.