Video: Wexford GAA have produced a video highlighting the performance of the referee in their defeat to Laois on Saturday
We think we’re safe in saying we’ve never seen a county come out with anything like this before…
A week after losing to Dublin in the Leinster Final, the Wexford footballers exited the Championship after an agonising one-point defeat to Laois in Wexford Park, with Niall Donoher hitting a dramatic late winner to seal victory for the visitors.
Wexford fans at the ground were evidently not happy with the performance of referee Anthony Nolan during the game and neither, it seems, were Wexford GAA, who have released a video on their official YouTube channel of some of the decisions made by Nolan during the second half.
Explaining their rationale for doing so, a blurb under the video on YouTube reads: “Wexford lost out by the narrowest of margins, going out of the competition on a scoreline 0-17 to 0-18. In the wake many spoke about the free count (Wexford won 2 to Laois's 10) and we've looked at some of these decisions more closely.”
Wexford wouldn’t be the first county in the GAA to be aggrieved by the performance of a referee, but publicly highlighting Nolan’s display, in this fashion, is certainly an unusual and (as far as we’re aware) unprecedented step and it will be interesting to see if and how the GAA responds, particularly as it also includes the angry reaction to Nolan from the crowd as he was leaving the field.
This is pretty strong stuff from Wexford (apart from the rather calm backing track which sounds like the sort of thing you'd hear while on hold when you're on the phone to the bank), but is it fair on Nolan, even if his performance might not have been up to scratch?
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