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Saturday 21 September 2019

Soccer match abandoned after player's alleged assault on referee

'The incident is understood to have happened in the 70th minute of the match between The Ballagh United and Gorey Celtic.' Stock photo
'The incident is understood to have happened in the 70th minute of the match between The Ballagh United and Gorey Celtic.' Stock photo

A referee was forced to abandon a soccer match after being the victim of an alleged assault by a player.

Michael Comiskey was officiating a Wexford Football League fourth division game on Sunday morning when the incident happened.

A complaint has been made to gardai and the football league has said it will consider Mr Comiskey's report before deciding on what course of action to take.

The incident is understood to have happened in the 70th minute of the match between The Ballagh United and Gorey Celtic.

The away team were leading 5-0 when the referee was allegedly assaulted by a player from The Ballagh United.

The incident left referee Michael Comiskey with no option but to abandon the game, which will now be the subject of a full investigation.

Ballagh Utd Chairman, Colm O'Neill, confirmed the game was abandoned following an assault on the match official. However, he refused to confirm whether a Ballagh player was involved in the incident.

Gorey Celtic Chairman, Craig O'Connor, also said the match was abandoned following an assault on the referee.

"Really it has nothing to do with us, we'll just sit back and await the outcome," he said.

Wexford Football League Secretary Gertrude Rowlands said: "We will consider the referee's report and then decide on a course of action. There's nothing more we can say at the moment."

Gardai confirmed that "a complaint of minor assault was reported following a soccer match at the Ballagh, Enniscorthy".

"It's alleged that a man in his 50s was assaulted by a player while refereeing a match. The injured party did not require medical attention. Enquires are ongoing," they added.

Last November, three Mullingar Town soccer players were banned from all football activity for 40 years each in the aftermath of an assault on referee Daniel Sweeney.

Mr Sweeney was hospitalised and treated for head injuries after being assaulted at the end of a game between Horseleap United and Mullingar Town.

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