Referees in Tipperary are threatening to withdraw their services from league games this weekend relating to a dispute with the County Board over cost cutting measures.
Well known football and hurling names such as Willie Barrett, Johnny Ryan and Paddy Russell, have pulled rank over the restrictions to the use of match passes given to themselves and their team of umpires and a reduction in meal allowances for county semi finals and finals.
It had been planned to hold a full programme of county football league matches this weekend. The referees sought a meeting with the Board last night but the Board were not in a position to meet, deferring it instead until Thursday night.
As a result of this, the referees have opted to strike this weekend and will continue to do so if the matter is not resolved to their satisfaction.
However, the referees have said they will not apply their action to games within their own respective divisions. Referees and their match officials have been entitled to €20 meal allowances for county quarter finals, semi finals and finals. But this allowance has been withdrawn for quarter finals and is now €15 for semi finals and finals.
The main problem the referees have however, is the restriction on the use of passes for themselves and their officials.
Tipperary PRO Ger Ryan said the Board are “very willing” to meet with the referees but were not in a position to do so until next week.
“If they want to decide to take this course of action before there is discussion on it then that is their entitlement,” said Ryan.