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Monday 5 December 2016

Ref 'assaulted' at schoolboy match

A photo posted online by Roy Kavanagh showing some of his injuries
A photo posted online by Roy Kavanagh showing some of his injuries

A referee allegedly assaulted by an adult during a schoolboy game on Saturday has called on his Dublin league and the gardai to take appropriate action against the perpetrator.

Roy Kavanagh - who officiates every weekend in the biggest league in the country - posted online graphic photos of injuries he suffered.

According to the victim, he was kicked repeatedly in the stomach while taking charge of an Under-15 fixture in south-west Dublin.

Despite his ordeal, Mr Kavanagh refused to allow it disrupt his schedule of refereeing more underage games yesterday.

The incident was promptly reported to the league with the gardai set to be involved.

"I can't believe an adult attacked me for no reason at a schoolboy U-15 match that a bunch of 14-year-olds were playing in," he said.

"I never once hit or tried to hit back and still he kept kicking me."

Last night, Mr Kavanagh was receiving a flurry of supportive messages from his referee colleagues

He admitted this type of incident, not uncommon over the years at amateur level in Ireland, dissuades prospective members from taking up the thankless task.

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