first_imgMIAMI (AP):CONCACAF’s referee department will be reviewed following controversial decisions in the Gold Cup.”The foundation of our game is fair play, and we must take the required steps to reinforce the importance of this principle,” CONCACAF president Alfredo Hawit said yesterday.Panama and Costa Rica made requests to CONCACAF after each loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup knockout rounds with the help of a questionable penalty kick.Panama players posed with a banner after their semi-final loss, calling CONCACAF “corruptos ladrones” (corrupt thieves), and Panamanian federation president Pedro Chaluja said, “we feel that that game was fixed.”The next day, Hawit announced American that referee Mark Geiger admitted he had made mistakes in the match.last_img read more

first_imgJudge Keenan Johnson: Increased ram raider’s sentenceA CRIMINAL behind a ram raid on a shop and who appealed to have his prison sentence reduced has had it INCREASED instead by a judge.Bernard McGinley was part of a notorious gang from east Donegal behind raids in different parts of the county. The 25-year-old drove a car into the front of a petrol station in St Johnston.But Gardai managed to trace the 26-year-old father-of-one after his license plate fell off at the Foyle View Service station in Dundee, St.Johnston on December 2nd, 2010.McGinley and his gang robbed a cash register drawer containing €200 and an Eircom payphone during the 7am raid.Gardai used CCTV and traced the damaged Opel Astra car to 3 Canal Road, Letterkenny.They also managed to identify McGinley who was wearing the same clothing from the CCTV and also the same jewellery.A court last March heard that €4,000 in damage caused to the garage during the raid had not been paid back.In a separate incident in June 2012, McGinley was caught trying to steal a car on the Milford Road, Kilmacrennan. He was also in possession of a 10-inch hunting knife.McGinley had a number of previous convictions for drink-driving, car theft and failing to stop for Gardai.Judge Paul Kelly jailed McGinley for nine months, with several concurrent sentences, on all the offences – but McGinley appealed to the Circuit Court to have the sentence reduced and he was released on bail.When told the details of the case Judge Keenan Johnson said that rather than reducing the sentence he was going to increase it.“Ram-raiding is about as bad as it gets. It’s far too prevalent in this country and the courts have a duty to punish people who do this,” said Judge Johnson.He affirmed the nine month sentence handed down by Judge Kelly, but added two more three-month sentences, to run consecutively – giving McGinley a total of 15 months behind bars.The judge told a solicitor that McGinley had taken “an enormous risk” in appealing what had been a “more than fair”sentence.JUDGE GIVES RAM-RAIDING THUG AN EXTRA SIX MONTHS BEHIND BARS was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crimedonegalExtra timejailLetterkenny Circuit Courtram-raiderSt Johnstonlast_img read more