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No vaccine, no referee

David Gough pictured during the All Ireland senior football championship final reply between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park on Sept. 14 last.

David Gough, one of the top GAA referees in the country says he will not return to referee Gaelic football matches until a vaccine is made available for Covid-19. The high profile official, who took charge of last year’s drawn All-Ireland final between Dublin and Kerry, like many others, has concerns around how this would work in an amateur environment. Gough said: “It’s my decision whether I go back. I am a volunteer within the Association like everyone else. I would have to sit down and have a long think about it. At the moment I would say no. I am only speaking for myself, I cannot speak for other referees, but it’s going to be quite difficult for us getting back into intercounty set ups definitely at that stage. Club games might be a little bit easier to deal with.”

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