Meath’s David Coldrick, widely regarded as one of gaelic footballs best ever referees, has missed out on selection for this seasons elite panel of officials

It comes after reports emerged revealing that the Blackhall Gaels club man had failed The Panes Fitness Test.

He did take charge of New Yorks dramatic Connacht championship penalty shoot out win over Leitrim but sources say that was because the trip had to  be arranged well in advance for travel reasons and Coldrick had been appointed prior to the test.

It appears though the much decorated official was a victim of his own honesty.

Sources have told Meath Live he did not take the test with the rest of the panel as he was injured but asked to take it before he travelled to America to show he was up to the required level and was still injured when he did so.

While he won’t be appointed to take charge of any more matches this year, he will still be able to take part as a standby referee and linesman.

There is said to be disquiet in refereeing circles, that the GAA are not allowing

David took charge of 4 All-Ireland Finals, the first of which was the 2007 decider between Cork and Kerry when he was aged 30.