THE Eircom League has enjoyed a weekend of decent refereeing performances.
It appears the FAI's new ploy of putting a little fire under the officials' backsides has paid dividends.
After successive weeks of scandalous decisions, two referees were stood down for five games last week and it appears this has had a positive influence on the other whistle blowers -- so much so, that the weekend seems to have come and gone without a single complaint about a ref.
Cork referee Anthony Buttimer, however, couldn't let a match go by without enforcing his draconian colour co-ordination bylaws.
Buttimer is renowned for being involved in the some jersey clash debacles, his latest being the embarrassing mix-up in the opening game of the season, which resulted in Sligo Rovers wearing St Pat's away kit.
He spotted his latest 'culprit' at United Park on Friday night when St Pat's manager John McDonnell was considered to be wearing a navy blue top too similar to the blue of his own team's jerseys. Buttimer ordered him to change it.
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