Veteran referee James McGrath has decided to step down from top level refereeing after being snubbed for a place in the All Ireland final.
Galway face Limerick to determine who will claim the Liam MacCarthy cup, but having been refused a place in it, McGrath will not be refereeing beyond it.
“I have had a brilliant 18 years refereeing at the top level, it is not a decision I take lightly, it is a decision that has been made for me,” he told RTÉ.
“I think I am left with no option but to step aside at this stage after a great 18 years refereeing at the top level, injury free and we have had a great championship this year. It was great to be part of such a brilliant hurling championship year.
“It is hugely disappointing not to be involved because the All-Ireland final is a special occasion for every match official.”
Citing the decision of the central referees appointment committee in particular, he feels he was left with no other option but to reflect.
He also took to Facebook to voice his displeasure, stating:
“I’m not your second choice nor your backup plan. Either choose me or lose me if I’m not your first choice.”
James Owens will take the refereeing reins for the All Ireland final on August 19.