Referees chief addresses concerns

The onus is on football referees to raise any potential conflicts of interest, says Northern Ireland Football League official David Malcolm.

He was reacting after it was revealed that assistant referee Gavin Hegarty, brother of Coleraine skipper Michael Hegarty, had officiated in Coleraine's match against Ards on 5 January.

"If we had known what we know now, we would not have made that appointment," said Malcolm.

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