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Maurice Deegan will take charge of the All-Ireland football final replay

The Laois referee will officiate his third All-Ireland final.

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AS EXPECTED, MAURICE Deegan will be the man in the middle for the All-Ireland SFC final replay between Dublin and Mayo.

The GAA confirmed today that the Laois whistler will referee the rematch, which takes place at Croke Park on October 1.

It will be Deegan’s third time to take charge of an All-Ireland final, after the 2008 (Tyrone v Kerry) and 2012 (Donegal v Mayo) deciders.

“I’m delighted, the wait yesterday was hard, I just found out this morning, and I’m really honoured that I will get the chance to referee another All Ireland Final,” Deegan said this morning.

“The fact that it is a replay probably heightens it a bit too, and I’d be very competitive – after 2008 and 2012 I still wanted to do an All-Ireland.

“That is what kept me going and to do three is a huge honour. There is satisfaction in it and to be given another chance is great. In a way I can’t put it into words, but I’m just very honoured. The rivalry with Dublin and Mayo at the moment, I’m just looking forward to it.”

The game will be the the Stradbally clubman’s sixth championship game of 2016. He was most recently in charge of the All-Ireland quarter-final between Kerry and Clare. It’s the first time he’ll referee either Dublin or Mayo in the championship this year.

Deegan was the stand-by referee for last Sunday’s drawn game.

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