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#Man in the Middle

# man-in-the-middle - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

'Donal wouldn't want us missing out' - hurling ref takes charge of game two days after brother's funeral

Alfie Devine took charge of the match between Meath and Derry.

# man-in-the-middle - Saturday 4 February, 2017

'They called you a lot of other things, but they didn't call you 'Sir''

Welsh referee Nigel Owens remembers his early days officiating in the amateur game.

# man-in-the-middle - Saturday 10 December, 2016

'I'll always reflect on where we started, the highs, lows and everything in between'

The 2016 Major League Soccer decider takes place in Toronto later this evening and Cork native Alan Kelly will be at the centre of it.

# man-in-the-middle - Saturday 5 November, 2016

Corkman Alan Kelly named MLS Referee of the Year for second consecutive season

Kelly was the clear winner with 63% of the vote.

# man-in-the-middle - Wednesday 14 September, 2016

What's it like to prepare for an All-Ireland final as a referee?

John Bannon has been in charge of two football finals.

# man-in-the-middle - Friday 8 July, 2016

Football's favourite lip-licker Mark Clattenburg to referee Euro 2016 final

Premier League ref gets the nod for France v Portugal.

# man-in-the-middle - Thursday 26 May, 2016

Nigel Owens to cap a remarkable 12 months by taking charge of Saturday's Pro12 final

It will be his fifth major final in a year.

# man-in-the-middle - Wednesday 30 March, 2016

Nigel Owens will make history when he takes charge of Fiji v Tonga in June

World Rugby have announced the appointments for this summer’s internationals.

# man-in-the-middle - Tuesday 10 November, 2015

Former League of Ireland official Alan Kelly voted MLS referee of the year

The Cork native was recognised by players, managers and the media.

# man-in-the-middle - Friday 30 October, 2015

Referee’s tale of the whistle, the whisky and the shotgun

Nigel Owens will take charge of the World Cup decider tomorrow.

# man-in-the-middle - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Who was the hardest Irishman for this ex-Premier League referee to deal with?

Former top official Howard Webb has given us a run-down on past encounters with Keanes Roy and Robbie, Martin O’Neil and Mick McCarthy.

# man-in-the-middle - Monday 24 August, 2015

GAA appoint first-timer to take charge of this year’s All-Ireland hurling decider

Wexford’s James Owens has been tasked with officiating this year’s final between Galway and Kilkenny.

# man-in-the-middle - Monday 25 May, 2015

Munster and Glasgow will have the world’s best referee in charge of their Pro12 title tilt

Here’s hoping Munster’s good times with the Welshman just keep rolling on.

# man-in-the-middle - Saturday 21 March, 2015

Nigel Owens produces refereeing masterclass but that doesn’t stop vile Twitter abuse Man In The Middle This post contains videos

Nigel Owens produces refereeing masterclass but that doesn’t stop vile Twitter abuse

The user’s account has since been suspended and the Tweet deleted.

# man-in-the-middle - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Frenchman Pascal Gaüzère to referee Leinster v Munster derby

The LNR match official has not been afraid to flash the cards this season.

# man-in-the-middle - Monday 10 March, 2014

Referee lockout sees Ireland’s Alan Kelly make his MLS debut

The Cork native took charge of Seattle Sounders’ win against Sporting Kansas City over the weekend.

# man-in-the-middle - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

IRB appoints referees for Ireland’s November internationals

Here are the men who will officiate our meetings with Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

# man-in-the-middle - Friday 27 September, 2013

Referees announced for opening rounds of the Heineken Cup

Find out which official will call the shots for your province’s first two European games.

# man-in-the-middle - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

James McGrath appointed as All-Ireland final replay referee

The Westmeath man will take charge when Cork and Clare face off again.

# man-in-the-middle - Sunday 10 February, 2013

The man in the middle: Here are our favourite referees of all time

We pay homage to the guys with the thankless job.

# man-in-the-middle - Saturday 10 November, 2012

Juan Mata: I heard nothing from Clattenburg during United game

Mata has now admitted he did not hear Clattenburg mutter anything at all, but reminded people that the matter is being handled by the FA.

# man-in-the-middle - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

VIDEO: The best back-heeled pass you’ll see from a referee this week

Watch the deftest of touches from the man with the whistle.

# man-in-the-middle - Tuesday 8 May, 2012

Nigel Owens to ref Leinster v Ulster in the Heineken Cup final

Welsh ref took charge of Leinster’s Heineken Cup win in 2009.

# man-in-the-middle - Thursday 13 October, 2011

Ref report card: Alain Rolland’s Rugby World Cup (so far)

Yo, stats nerds. Come join us as we crunch the numbers on the Dubliner’s refereeing performances and look at what to expect from him in Saturday’s semi-final.