Kerry senior football hurling manager Peter Keane believes that David Gough is the 'best referee in the country' and the obvious choice to referee the All-Ireland final.
Some questions were asked as to why Gough was handed the assignment of taking charge of the showpiece final between Dublin and the Kingdom.
Gough is from Meath but works in Dublin and both former Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice and former player Kieran Donaghy have raised questions over the 36-year-old’s suitability to take charge of the game.
Fitzmaurice was particularly harsh with his words and said that it’s an ‘unjustice’ for Gough to referee the game.
"I think it’s an injustice if he does get the game," he said. "I am not going to be dictating here who I feel should get the game, but a final referee has to be a neutral referee."
However Keane backed the appointment of Gough and when asked if the criticism of him was unfair, he replied: "I do because I personally don’t get hung up of referees. Some guys say ‘oh this referee is no good’ or ‘this referee is against us’ or whatever.
"I take the view that all referees are genuine and they’re ultimately Gaelic football people and they want to go out and do the best job they can do and I think by and large that’s what happens."
For Keane the decision to appoint Gough is the obvious one and a just reward for a man who has been the most consistent referee this season.
"I have no difficulty with David Gough," Keane insisted. "I think he’s probably the best referee in the country.
"It’s a big day for him, it’s an All-Ireland final and no different to ourselves, he’s looking forward to it.
"He been the best referee in the country, he deserves that opportunity to have a shot at it."