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No garda complaint over pitch violence


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GARDAI have not received any complaint after a men's junior soccer match was abandoned 21 minutes in, with three players left unconscious.

The violent events at the fixture in Wicklow between Rathnew AFC B and Carnew United A has already been referred to as the "Battle of Rathnew" following last weekend's game.

Ugly scenes led to the match being abandoned less than halfway through the first half.

The Herald has learned that the incidents were to be discussed at a club meeting of Carnew United which was due to take place last night.

Club members were to decide whether the mass brawl should be reported to gardai.

Three Carnew United players were reportedly left unconscious after being attacked when a wrestling match between players got out of hand.

One of the players was left with a broken nose and a fractured cheekbone.

It is understood that doctors have expressed concerns about nerve damage in the player's left eye which has left him twitching uncontrollably.

He has been receiving treatment at St James' Hospital this week.

A Rathnew player was also injured during the fracas and needed treatment for injuries to his ribs.


It is understood that Carnew United have lodged a complaint with the Wicklow Junior Soccer League (WDFL) and that Rathnew AFC are conducting an internal investigation.

But the violent incidents that unfolded in Rathnew are not yet the subject of a garda investigation because no one has made a complaint to officers about what happened at the match.

In an ironic twist, the two sides are due to face each other again in Carnew on Sunday, but it will be with different teams from both clubs.