Saturday 1 October 2016

Probe launched after Gaeltacht team claim they were told 'not to speak Irish' by referee

Published 20/09/2016 | 17:39

The incident is being dealt with by the Galway County Board
The incident is being dealt with by the Galway County Board

The Galway County Board is investigating a claim made by a Gaeltacht team that a referee instructed them not to speak Irish during a game.

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The incident is alleged to have occurred during a fixture between Na Piarsaigh, a club based in the Rosmuc area of Connemara, and Salthill Knocknacarra in Ros an Mhíl last Saturday in a Junior A Football Championship West contest.

County Board Secretary John Hynes confirmed to RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta today that an investigation was underway.

It is understood that the referee instructed players and mentors on both sides to refrain from speaking Irish.

Mr Hynes said that the incident would be probed through the official complaints system, with a result expected in the next fortnight.

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