Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald has claimed that referees are "under too much pressure" following his side’s narrow defeat to Limerick in Wexford Park.

Wexford’s Liam Ryan and Limerick’s Seamus Flanagan were both dismissed after a first half scuffle and Fitzgerald believes that sending offs need to be clear cut decisions.

"Stop this madness of sending players off for this kind of thing. If it’s blatant and it is dangerous then send them off, otherwise let’s get back to what we’re doing," Fitzgerald told RTÉ Sport.

Fitzgerald claimed that the double dismissal had an adverse effect on his charges and that Limerick benefitted from the space created by the sending-offs.

"It didn’t suit us anyway, I can tell you that. One, we’re short of defenders and two, it allowed a lot more space because you’re taking two from that end of the field. That’s a big thing, that’s two more bodies gone that I’d prefer to be down in that end of the field."

The former Clare and Waterford manager was also critical of fixture congestion at this time of year, particularly for college students, saying that it is something that "needs to be looked at."

"I’m a great fan of the Fitzgibbon Cup, but I know there were one or two of our lads today that just weren’t themselves and I did not train them during the week, they did nothing with me. They played their game and I didn’t even let them tog out for me during the week. It is tough, but every county manager has that problem."