Clare hurling boss Davy Fitzgerald hit out at the performance of referee Alan Kelly after Clare’s Hurling League division 1A semi-final loss to Kilkenny.
He blasted: “I honestly believe the referees have something in for myself.
“I just think it’s ‘I’ll sort Davy out’ and that’s the story. I think a number of referees have that so I’ll be asking everyone to keep a close eye on the championship and see do they take it out on me and my team. It’s happened now on more than one occasion.
“The goal changed it. I don’t have to tell you about it. We got onto Alan Kelly a few times and you might as well be talking to the wall. They (referees) have to be honest and fair.
“It came from one, the sideline and two, the amount of turns (Larkin took). Are the referees afraid to make a mistake when it’s the big teams? Are they afraid they won’t get a bigger match?” – Fitzgerald was referring to the fact he felt that Larkin had over carried the ball in the lead-up to Kilkenny scoring a goal.
The three time All-Star and two-time All-Ireland winner wasn’t finishing barking: “I went to him (Kelly) at half-time and I said ‘Alan can I have a minute?’ and he ignored me altogether, as if I was dirt.
“It’s just frustrating, we train hard, and three of the players came to me afterwards and said ‘is this f****** right, we are bursting our ass and it feels like we are never going to get the rub of the green playing the likes of them’.”