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More than 20 people interviewed by Gardai following GAA brawl investigation

Published 20/08/2014 | 08:23

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Gardai are continuing their investigation into an U-16 hurling brawl in Cork that left three people injured.
Gardai are continuing their investigation into an U-16 hurling brawl in Cork that left three people injured.

Gardai in Cork have interviewed more than 20 people following an investigation into a brawl at an underage hurling match that left three people requiring hospital treatment.

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The match which took place on July 20 was an U-16 Rebel Og East hurling fixture in Cork  between Valley Rovers and St Vincent's and subsequently had to be abandoned.

The thrilling game had reached a climax 18 minutes into the second half when St Vincent's scored two points to level the match at 2-10 each when an individual ran on to the pitch and angrily confronted the referee and a number of players.

It is alleged that one person was then struck, while one witness said "an appalling free-for-all" broke out" where two other people were struck and injured.

Three people were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) to have minor injuries treated. One was kept overnight before being discharged.

Probe after three hurt in clash at U-16 game 

The following day three juvenile players accompanied by their parents made an official complaint at Ballincollig Garda Station.

Speaking to The Irish Examiner, Superintendent Con Cadogan confirmed that that Gardai still are awaiting statements from other witnesses at the match.

"In due course we will then then prepare a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions," he said.

It is believed that the Cork County Board are carrying out their own investigation into the matter.

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