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Umpire Kieran O'Connor

Umpire Kieran O'Connor

Umpire Kieran O'Connor

GARDAI are investigating an incident at a hurling match in which an official was hospitalised after being struck with a hurley and kicked.

Kieran O'Connor (43) was umpiring a Division 2 intermediate hurling league final in Kilmoyley, Co Kerry, on Sunday when he was hit a number of times about the head and body with a hurley by a player.

Kerry County Board chairman Patrick O'Sullivan has described the incident as "disgusting" and "reprehensible".

Mr O'Connor has made a statement to the gardai in Listowel who are now investigating the incident.

It is the second such incident in two months. A Kerry GAA official is currently serving a two-year ban following a county hurling final between Lixnaw and Kilmoyley during which former Kerry star Paul Galvin was assaulted with a hurley.

Witnesses say Mr O'Connor was struck at least three times by a player from Ladies Walk of Ballyduff following an incident that occurred 10 minutes into the second half of the final against Causeway.

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The ball was played into the Causeway forwards and opposition players argued that it had gone over the end line, but neither umpire raised his flag and Causeway scored a goal.

"As he tried to defend himself with his arms, Mr O'Connor fell to the ground where he was kicked in the back by the same player," said a spectator.

Referee Tony McCarthy abandoned the match and Mr O'Connor was taken to Kerry General Hospital (KGH).

He sustained a number of injuries including cuts and bruises to his head.

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