Fergal Horgan, intercountry referee from Knockavilla Kickhams club has announced his retirement.
The west tipp man says that referees from Munster are not getting a fair share of matches and that he would not recommend the role to anyone.
Mr Horgan took charge of three All Ireland finals, 4 semi finals and has a great reputation for his ability to manage a match.
Appointments to referee matches are handled by the Central Referees Appointments Committee which Mr Horgan says is showing a preference towards referees from Leinster and Connaught.
Fergal Horgan says there is poor support from Croke park for referees and that more may opt to step aside.
Recently there was coverage that a referee that failed a fitness test was given matches which he said did not sit well with the top flight referees. The Championship Referee Panel is now reduced to 11 following Mr Horgan’s decision to retire.