FAI to review referee performance after semi-final complaints

Two red cards became the talking point of the FAI Cup semi-final clash between Dundalk and Drogheda United and the association is set to review the referee's decisions
The Football Association of Ireland (FAI) will review a report of the referee's performance during the FAI Cup semi-final between Dundalk and Drogheda United on Sunday.

According to the Irish Independent, the FAI will wait until they see an observer's report of the referee's performance during the game before deciding on any course of action.

Referee Anthony Buttimer drew criticism from Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny after he sent off Lilywhites players Darren Meenan and Chris Shields for separate incidents in the first half of the game at Hunky Dorys Park, which Dundalk lost 1-0.

"It's a bad day for the League of Ireland, a bad day for refereeing in Ireland and a bad day for John Ward, the head of referees, if he presides over that," Kenny said in the aftermath.

In addition, a number of Dundalk players took to social media following the game to vent their frustration, criticising the referee's decision to send off two players.

The Lilywhites have since announced that they will be "communicating" with the FAI about the referee's performance during the semi-final clash.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Dundalk FC will be communicating with the FAI over the incidents on this day and we will further update soon."