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Kerry say they have "complete confidence" in referee David Gough

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Kerry have offered their public support for All Ireland senior football final referee David Gough. 

The Slane official was confirmed as the referee for the September 1st showdown of the Kingdom and Dublin at Croke Park.

Some Kerry pundits - including former manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice and ex-player Aidan O'Mahony - had raised questions over Gough's suitability for the fixture, given the fact he lives and works in Dublin.

But Kerry County chairman Tim Murphy told Radio Kerry's Kerry Today programme that they have no problem with Gough being the man in the middle come September 1, "From our perspective - myself as chairman, Peter Keane as the bainisteoir of the Kerry senior football team, and the team themselves - we've complete confidence in the integrity of the process, in the integrity of the people who've made the decision to appoint David Gough as the referee.

"And ultimately we've complete confidence in David Gough refereeing the All Ireland football final.

"The people have decided he is the best person for the job, he has the most experience.

"The team, and the team management, in particular, have no issue with David Gough as the referee - none whatsoever.

Murphy also confirmed they're appealing the second of the three black cards received by Stephen O'Brien this year.

The Kenmare forward was shown the third of those black cards in the semi-final win over Tyrone, which would rule him out of the All Ireland final.

However, it's the second of those cards - received in the Super-8 win over Meath in Navan - on which Kerry are basing their appeal.

Murphy told host Jerry O'Sullivan, "A charge is proposed and is communicated to ourselves in Kerry.

"We've received that now, and we're in the process of compiling the appeal and what'll happen then is Stephen will be called to a hearing. We'll make our case then and the decision will be made accordingly after that.

When pressed by O'Sullivan for a timeline on the appeal, Murphy said, "I would hope within the next three or four days at the very very most it should be resolved."

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