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Gough Speaks Out Against Shamefull Slurs

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Good for you David

Hope you go onto get another AI final honour albeit this time without the unfounded and highly self serving character assassination slurs aimed at you by lesser sorts both in the national media and online.

David Gough has admitted that insinuations he might be biased towards Dublin in advance of the drawn All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry didn't sit well with him.

The Meath referee - who also revealed in an Irish Independent interview that he sobbed after getting the Sam Maguire final call - talked about remarks made by former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and others surrounding his links to the capital city.

"It's difficult to take," the proud Slane clubman remarked.

"I have to live and work somewhere, I love my job and I own a house in Dublin. I'm also an openly gay man so outside of Dublin there is not much of a lifestyle for a single gay man. It's easier for me to live here.

"I'm quite anonymous in the city. I can walk around Dame Street or O'Connell Street and nobody has a clue who I am. I couldn't walk down the main street in Navan or Slane without people stopping to talk.

"The Dublin thing, I didn't understand where it was coming from in that I have no allegiance to Dublin football whatsoever."

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 19818 - 30/11/2019 14:44:46    2252253

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Replying To jimbodub:  "Good for you David

Hope you go onto get another AI final honour albeit this time without the unfounded and highly self serving character assassination slurs aimed at you by lesser sorts both in the national media and online.

David Gough has admitted that insinuations he might be biased towards Dublin in advance of the drawn All-Ireland SFC final against Kerry didn't sit well with him.

The Meath referee - who also revealed in an Irish Independent interview that he sobbed after getting the Sam Maguire final call - talked about remarks made by former Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and others surrounding his links to the capital city.

"It's difficult to take," the proud Slane clubman remarked.

"I have to live and work somewhere, I love my job and I own a house in Dublin. I'm also an openly gay man so outside of Dublin there is not much of a lifestyle for a single gay man. It's easier for me to live here.

"I'm quite anonymous in the city. I can walk around Dame Street or O'Connell Street and nobody has a clue who I am. I couldn't walk down the main street in Navan or Slane without people stopping to talk.

"The Dublin thing, I didn't understand where it was coming from in that I have no allegiance to Dublin football whatsoever.""
I thought it was disgraceful the tripe coming from certain quarters and a particular county about Gough reffing the final. Terrible stuff and questioning the integrity of the best ref in the country in order to gain some sort of advantage in the final. Shameful carry on.
Delighted Gough has come out and spoken about it and the pressure put on him from certain people (including ex manager and players)

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 2862 - 30/11/2019 21:07:01    2252374

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I read David Goughs article in he examiner this morning and also read the shortened version on here and the two are very differently worded. I would recommend you both read his interview in the examiner before ye get up on your high horse.

Themall1916 (Kerry) - Posts: 87 - 30/11/2019 22:21:29    2252397

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How long are we going to have to hear about the sob story, people have moved on ages ago, obviously David Gough hasn't. Time to move on from the martyrdom.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 932 - 01/12/2019 13:32:23    2252463

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Objectively i think he had a poor game the first game and was spooked, also think the semi and abuse he got in 16 played on his mind to, was horrible to see. Thought Connor Lane in the second game was the worst ive seen in a long time, although Maurice Deegan put in a really awful performance for Tyrone in the semi as well this year.

Refs can be got at if that is your way, but you have the hope quality on the pitch will always tell and you dont have to rely on the off field dark arts. I think over all it lowers the esteem and dignity of a county.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3166 - 01/12/2019 15:04:24    2252476

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Replying To TheUsername:  "Objectively i think he had a poor game the first game and was spooked, also think the semi and abuse he got in 16 played on his mind to, was horrible to see. Thought Connor Lane in the second game was the worst ive seen in a long time, although Maurice Deegan put in a really awful performance for Tyrone in the semi as well this year.

Refs can be got at if that is your way, but you have the hope quality on the pitch will always tell and you dont have to rely on the off field dark arts. I think over all it lowers the esteem and dignity of a county."
The GAA Hour went through every decision in the drawn game and reckoned he had a very good game. Only really made 2 errors-
1. Penalty should've been retaken
2. Trip on Moran missed in the dying moments

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 3708 - 01/12/2019 16:09:18    2252496

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Replying To cavanman47:  "The GAA Hour went through every decision in the drawn game and reckoned he had a very good game. Only really made 2 errors-
1. Penalty should've been retaken
2. Trip on Moran missed in the dying moments"
You are right sure didn't joe brolly write a big article where he questioned some of David Goughs big decisions in the final only for joe to have to back pedal after Gough explained the decisions to him. Again if people would only read the full story in the examiner , it would explain a lot.

Themall1916 (Kerry) - Posts: 87 - 01/12/2019 19:45:26    2252529

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I thought he was influenced by what was said in the media at the time, it's that long ago now I kind of forgot it, don't think he's that great of a ref anyway but it's a thankless job.
I think a ref should have been picked from a neutral province, suppose that would have been too simple.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 786 - 01/12/2019 20:32:30    2252544

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "I thought he was influenced by what was said in the media at the time, it's that long ago now I kind of forgot it, don't think he's that great of a ref anyway but it's a thankless job.
I think a ref should have been picked from a neutral province, suppose that would have been too simple."
Agree just pick a ref from a different province

Do I think kerry were being cute by making these accusations public. Yes .
And trying to give themselves some advantage that may sway the ref in 50/50 calls. Yes.
But they didnt have to try that hard to find a reason where he could possibly have bias. He lives in dublin one of the 2 teams playing. It's hardly shocking that they say he could be biased

Remember kerry said he could be biased but joe brolly said he WAS biased but in favour of kerry with video evidence to the contrary and he posed for photos with him a few weeks later.

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 1054 - 01/12/2019 21:19:05    2252563

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I'll put it this way..would a referee living in Castlebar get a final involving Mayo..? Or a ref living in Killarney get a final involving Kerry?

Has a Connacht referee ever referred a final involving a Connacht county?

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9963 - 01/12/2019 22:34:59    2252586

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Was it ok for Conor Lane to ref the replay?
Dublin didn't get one free if I remember correctly.Has that ever happened in a game never mind an All Ireland final ?

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2164 - 02/12/2019 09:25:31    2252606

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Replying To yew_tree:  "I'll put it this way..would a referee living in Castlebar get a final involving Mayo..? Or a ref living in Killarney get a final involving Kerry?

Has a Connacht referee ever referred a final involving a Connacht county?"
No chance it would happen, ever. And yes, simple solution to ensure that you never have this type of controversy again is not to select refereees who have ties to participating counties.

I would however dispute that he had a bad game. I think people's view of his performance was coloured by the embarrassing analysis in the RTE studio by Brolly and Whelan. It was the most biased and unprofessional piece of sports broadcasting I have ever seen, I was actually cringing watching the recording they made such fools of themselves.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1689 - 02/12/2019 09:41:12    2252610

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Makes Dublins achievement all the more remarkable, 14 Vs 16 the first day and 16 Vs 15 the second, Connor Lane not giving Dublin a scoreable free until the 65th min, despite clear and obvious offences was one of the worst performances ive seen in Croke Park. It needs to be said despite winnng the game at a canter.

Swings and round about though, i think we came out of it because it of with much esteem. I think the bias was obvious and we put on one of the best acknowledged forward displays of accuracy and conversion probably ever, and rightly got our plaudits. That and Con underlined his status as the best pound for pound forward in the country, in terms of the punishment he got, lack of protection, he fought through the unfairness to have a massive influence, real class.

You cant best quality in the end.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3166 - 02/12/2019 10:15:52    2252621

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Replying To yew_tree:  "I'll put it this way..would a referee living in Castlebar get a final involving Mayo..? Or a ref living in Killarney get a final involving Kerry?

Has a Connacht referee ever referred a final involving a Connacht county?"
What about a referee with a business interest in kerry reffing an AI final replay..?
Was that ok.?

Clearly not, going by his performance on the day... Shocking stuff.

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 2862 - 02/12/2019 15:18:04    2252724

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Replying To yew_tree:  "I'll put it this way..would a referee living in Castlebar get a final involving Mayo..? Or a ref living in Killarney get a final involving Kerry?

Has a Connacht referee ever referred a final involving a Connacht county?"
What about the Munster ref that was in charge of replay

lol

Of course no problems there

Not a peep..

Fair play to Gough having his say on the matter but shameful that he had to give such a personal insight into his life in order to speak out against the highly self serving character assassination efforts aimed at him

Imagine having to explain his private circumstances because of a load of unfounded nonsense aimed at him... desperate carry on

Genuinely hope he gets another final without his good name being dragged through the mud backwards

Why would a proud Meath GAA man favour Dublin....

It's beyond daft

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 19818 - 02/12/2019 17:52:04    2252749

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The victim mentality from fans of a team that has spent a decade outspending everyone to the tune of millions while playing every meaningful game at home along the way is actually embarrassing.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1689 - 02/12/2019 18:09:55    2252752

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Replying To GeniusGerry:  "The victim mentality from fans of a team that has spent a decade outspending everyone to the tune of millions while playing every meaningful game at home along the way is actually embarrassing."
Wow! You sound very like somebody else who hides behind a different username.
No wonder this persona is often more balanced.
Sometimes you just can't keep it in. The mask slips.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2164 - 02/12/2019 19:19:17    2252764

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Replying To jimbodub:  "What about the Munster ref that was in charge of replay

lol

Of course no problems there

Not a peep..

Fair play to Gough having his say on the matter but shameful that he had to give such a personal insight into his life in order to speak out against the highly self serving character assassination efforts aimed at him

Imagine having to explain his private circumstances because of a load of unfounded nonsense aimed at him... desperate carry on

Genuinely hope he gets another final without his good name being dragged through the mud backwards

Why would a proud Meath GAA man favour Dublin....

It's beyond daft"
What about the similar campaign for members of the media from Dublin about Lee Keegan? Did you forget about that?

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 295 - 02/12/2019 19:20:10    2252765

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Replying To GeniusGerry:  "The victim mentality from fans of a team that has spent a decade outspending everyone to the tune of millions while playing every meaningful game at home along the way is actually embarrassing."
It would make you laugh and hurl at the same time, such rampant insecurity suppose it comes with the territory of how they gained their success.

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 5213 - 02/12/2019 19:21:20    2252766

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And as if by magic , he appears.

Dubh_linn (Dublin) - Posts: 2164 - 02/12/2019 19:25:16    2252768

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