WATCH: Offaly GAA fixtures outrage following Halloween nightmare
Offaly GAA's fixture schedule has been criticised after an U15 football game was played against the Halloween night backdrop of fireworks and bangers in Tullamore on Wednesday.
Former All-Ireland hurling final referee, Brian Gavin, took to Twitter after the game between his native Clara and St. Manchan Gaels at O'Brien Park on Halloween night.
Once again another fixture disaster having to play an U15 A q/final Halloween night with this racket in the background couldn't hear the whistle or get instructions on to players, shurley last night or tomorrow night an option #turnyouoff @MidlandsSport @Offaly_GAA pic.twitter.com/gXb7tScfTT— Brian Gavin (@referee34) October 31, 2018
Gavin blasted Offaly officials making fixture decisions by saying, "once again another fixture disaster having to play an U15 A q/final Halloween night with this racket in the background."
The video above clearly shows the game taking place with loud and distracting fireworks going off in the background. Brian said players or officials "couldn't hear the whistle or get instructions on to players."
He concluded by saying, "surely last night [Tuesday] or tomorrow night [Thursday] would have been an option."
The game itself was an U15 football quarter-final and ultimately saw St. Manchan Gaels beat Clara on a 4-21 to 4-6 scoreline after extra time.
Offaly GAA has been contacted for comment on this story.