It was correct call by referee: Brogan
ALAN BROGAN feels that Cormac Reilly should be commended for his decision to award Dublin a disputed late free against Kildare in Croke Park last Sunday.
The Meath official has come under a hail of criticism for penalising Aindriú Mac Lochlainn for an apparent pull on Bernard Brogan as the two chased down a pass from Barry Cahill in the Leinster SFC semi-final, but the elder Brogan has leapt to the defence of Reilly, describing his decision as "ballsy".
"My initial reaction when I turned around to the ball was that it was a free," Brogan told the Evening Herald.
"Obviously, it's a marginal call and the referee has been castigated for it since," he added.
"But I think it was a good decision. I think it was a ballsy decision, one that most referees probably wouldn't have made. So from that point of view, Cormac Reilly should be commended for having the balls to make a big decision like that."
The St Oliver Plunkett's/ER ace also dismissed the notion that Reilly should have 'played for the draw' given that the teams were level in injury-time when the free was awarded.
"It's not up to him to decide whether it should be a draw because it's in the last minute," said Brogan.
"He or any other referee need to referee that game the same if it's the first minute or if it's the last minute.
"That's what he did. He made a big decision and he should be commended for it."
On the wider issue of fouling, Brogan insists that officials should receive more help from their umpires in an effort to prevent off-the-ball fouling and protect forwards.
"Corner-backs shouldn't be allowed drag and I think that should be the job of umpires as well," he added. "Obviously, referees can't see everything.
"Corner-backs shouldn't be allowed pull but it's probably harder to get away with it in Croke Park because there are so many eyes on you. But it's probably something the hierarchy should be doing, protecting inside forwards as much as possible."
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