Bluebell United have agreed to replay there Leinster Junior Cup fixture with Butterkrust United after the by now infamous error in totting up the score.
The Major Saturday side have shown great sportsmanship in agreeing to replay the fixture and by all accounts and despite officially into Round 2 of the prestigious contest were pro active in ensuring a repeat will take place.
There is a touch of class element to Bluebell’s actions, but there were some online questioning why the ‘Bell didn’t inform the referee he had the score wrong at 5-4 rather than 5-5 come full time. Those same people wondered as to why ‘Bell didn’t just inform the ref they were willing to play extra time right on full time.
In a statement released yesterday on social media Bluebell’s first team manager and Saturday team player admitted he had instructed the players to leave the pitch post full time.
It seems his instructions were not to try and ensure the nine men of Bluebell avoided having to try and survive extra time so they could reach Round 2.
Rather Noonan says he was worried about an ‘incident’ occurring and alleges the referee was threatened from watching support. The Senior Sunday winning manager and former League of Ireland player also alleges the referee received a threat half time and seems to indicate this effected his decision making in the second half.
The interesting statement reads as follows:
WHO’D BE A REF!!!
I’ve waited till the official report from a match played last Saturday between Bluebell and Buttercrust in the Leinster Junior Cup.
This game has become infamous in the way it ended and being a player on the day but also Bluebell United secretary I held my tongue till I heard the report.
In a game that involved no bad tackles and played by those on the pitch with a true competitive spirit I wondered how Bluebell was down to 9 men and had a part of the management team sent off.
At half time of the match I saw the ref being approached and I heard what can only be described as threat to the ref. Two times in the second half I asked the ref if he was ok only to get no response. The second half saw two red cards and penalties within a 10min spell. None for tackles and one to a Bluebell Player who happens to be a ref and who asked for confirmation of the penalty spot which was 10 yards from the goal line. He was sent off for pointing it out.
Buttercrust scored 5 goals in total. 3 against our right full who manned the posts.
9 men v 11 men finished with the referee claiming it was a victory to Bluebell which was comical at first but soon turned nasty when the ref was threatened from the crowd. I asked the ref was the game over and he said yes.
I had my 10 year old and his teammate with me and I choose to leave the park before there was an incident, I also asked the Bluebell players and staff to leave.
Without a doubt there was a mistake in the scoreline and without a doubt the referee got it wrong but considering the environment he had to work in and the backlash he and Bluebell has received it is wrong.
I have spoken to Buttercrust, I have agreed to a replay under the conditions that the fixture is held in Bluebell or an alternative venue and that the red cards be rescinded that were the result of a referee who lost control of the game.
NOBODY wins here and maybe I’ll finish with what I opened with, for the sake of a hobby and very little money who would be a referee, when your become aware of your own safety on a Saturday afternoon and it’s only a game it becomes a matter of is it worth it.
There was no winners last Saturday and I hope it highlights more the referee’s position when on his own then the result of the game.