Louth trio in trouble over comments made about ref as Fitzer remains silent on his future

Louth’s season ended in a blaze of controversy following defeat at the hands of Westmeath on Saturday, with Darren Clarke, Derek Crilly and Ronan Carroll potentially facing suspension after comments they made on Twitter about referee Derek Fahy.

Louth’s season ended in a blaze of controversy following defeat at the hands of Westmeath on Saturday, with Darren Clarke, Derek Crilly and Ronan Carroll potentially facing suspension after comments they made on Twitter about referee Derek Fahy.

After the match St Mary’s man Ronan Carroll blasted referee Fahy, stating:

“All the lads put in trojan work but this was undone by the ref. One of the most biased performances i has seen and made critical errors. He was the same V Carlow last yr. Better not see him again #Joke.”

Clarke, who was sent off on Saturday, also took to the social media site to vent his anger.

“Gutted! Same Ref sent off 5 Louth players in 3 games, #GAA needs to take a look into their performances #farcical, with 14 we wud of won!”

Gaels half forward Derek Crilly further added to the controvery by tweeting:

“Referee’s performance was disgraceful and he has now sent 5 Louth players off in last 3 games and robbed the Pats in Leinster club.”

It is likely that if the three Louth players do not retract their comments, they could potentially face up to an eight-week ban from the CCCC.

Fitzer’s Future

Absent on Saturday due to illness, manager Peter Fitzpatrick has remained silent about his future.

With his three year contract coming to an end, speculation has been mounting for some time as to whether the local TD will seek an extension to his tenure.

Speaking after the match on Saturday, stand-in manager Gerry Cumiskey admitted that he is unlikely to be involved with the team next season.

“I would be very surprised if I’ll be around next year. I really enjoyed it, but all good things come to an end.”

Asked if Fitzpatrick would stay on in his position for next season, the selector was tight lipped,

“I’m not going to start talking for Peter. Peter, as you well know, makes up his own mind on those types of things.”

Looking back at the sending off of full forward Darren Clarke at the end of the first half on Saturday Cumiskey labelled the decision a “joke.”

“It was amazing. That’s referees for you as we well know in Louth. But there needs to be a wee bit more done about it.

“Darren Clarke did not deserve to be sent off”, added Cumiskey.

By that stage the Wee County were already down to fourteen men following Mark Brennan’s dismissal.

“Again I didn’t see the Mark Brennan one. The game had gotten fairly nip and tuck at that stage.

“We were holding are own. In fact we probably should have been seven or eight points up at half time.”