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James Crombie/INPHO Referee David Gough failed to award Kerry a potentially decisive free-kick near the end of the game.
# Controversy
Kerry supporters appear to throw objects at referee following controversial finish at Croke Park
David Gough was the man in the middle as All-Ireland champions Dublin beat Kerry by 0-22 to 2-14 in a classic semi-final earlier this afternoon.

REFEREE DAVID GOUGH appeared to have objects thrown at him by irate Kerry fans in the wake of today’s All-Ireland football semi-final in Croke Park.

Gough was targeted as he left the pitch at the Cusack Stand side in the aftermath of an epic contest which saw Dublin triumph by 0-22 to 2-14.

The major controversy late in the game appeared to be Gough’s decision to wave play on rather than award a free after a heavy challenge by Dublin’s Kevin McManamon on Kerry’s Peter Crowley as the Laune Rangers player attacked.

Kerry trailed by a point at that juncture deep in injury-time and Dublin subsequently attacked with Diarmuid Connolly kicking the insurance point to seal their victory.

As Gough departed the pitch, furious fans launched objects such as match programmes at the Meath referee.

The GAA will likely investigate the incident in the coming days.

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