He gets expenses, no one makes a living out of being a ref. Yes, they are demoted if they make a lot of poor decisions and rightly so, so what is the issue?
On Sludden, he possibly would have been demoted for the decision, but he actually decided to give up being an inter county ref. So because of one mistake he walked away from something he spent a life time working towards. I hope that makes the people who abused him feel good. I was in Croke Pk that day supporting Louth and I left more embarrassed by the behavior of the supporters then angry at the ref.