Friday 22 September 2017

Investigation on cards after stones thrown at linesman

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

THE Leinster Council are expected to investigate an incident after Wednesday night's Leinster U-21 FC quarter-final in Mullingar where inter-county referee Derek Fahy had stones thrown at him by a disgruntled home supporter.

Wexford won the game with a last minute goal in extra-time after Kelvin Reilly had been sent off.

Fahy, who was acting as linesman during the match for Kildare referee Fergal Barry, had consulted with the referee before the decision to send the player off was taken.

A handful of stones were thrown at Fahy just after that and it is unclear if he was struck by them.

The incident is understood to be mentioned in the referee's report and an investigation will be launched on foot of that.

Westmeath are likely to be asked to name the supporter who threw the stones.

The Lake County have completed their own investigation into a serious incident in a recent minor match between Shandonagh and Ballynacragy where a Shandonagh player was left unconscious after sustaining a blow to the head.

The player had be airlifted to Tallaght Hospital in Dublin as a consequence, but is understood to be now making a recovery.

A Ballynacargy player has been suspended for 80 weeks arising out of the investigation.

Meanwhile, Kildare are unlikely to accede to a request from Laois to play their U-21 semi-final in Portlaoise on Wednesday week. With no appropriate lights in O'Connor Park in Tullamore, the Leinster Council have fixed it for Parnell Park at 7.30.

Getting to the northside venue at that hour will be difficult for both sets of supporters and that's why Laois have pitched for Portlaoise.

Irish Independent

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