The GAA has said that existing arrangements for referee payments will continue as they are while further talks take place regarding the payments and expenses.

Longford GAA referees have already voted to go on strike, while Wexford refs last Sunday threatened to withdraw their services until they got an undertaking that current expenses rates would be retained.

A GAA statement read: “The GAA can confirm that further talks will take place with Revenue on the procedures for the taxation, if any, of referee match payments. In the meantime, the GAA’s existing arrangements for payments to referees will apply."

The Revenue guidelines suggest referees get match expenses of €13.71 per match, and mileage of 50c per mile.

But in Wexford a referee has been getting €50 for a senior game and €30 for an underage game.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Joe O Brien, co-ordinator of GAA referees in Longford, said: "Longford is a very small county and most of the referees are centrally based.

"The new regulations are that Longford would have to pay €13.71 subsistence, plus 50c a mile. Now in a case of a lot of referees they wouldn't even reach the €20 mark in Longford for it [refereeing a match].

"That would be half of what they were getting for the last couple of years."