Saturday 3 December 2016

Wicklow ref attacker gets two-year ban

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

Referee John Keenan was leaving the pitch after the game involving neighbours Stratford-Grangecon and Baltinglass when a spectator approached him and allegedly head-butted him in the face
Referee John Keenan was leaving the pitch after the game involving neighbours Stratford-Grangecon and Baltinglass when a spectator approached him and allegedly head-butted him in the face

Wicklow have given a two-year ban to a supporter who assaulted inter-county referee John Keenan following an intermediate football championship game last Friday.

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The county's Competition Controls Committee met on Monday night after which their chairman, Mick Hagan, said that there was no place in the Association for that kind of behaviour. Keenan was leaving the pitch after the game involving neighbours Stratford-Grangecon and Baltinglass when a spectator approached him and allegedly head-butted him in the face.

"We have taken swift action in the aftermath of this incident,' said Hagan. "There is no place for this type of behaviour in our Association.

"This was dealt with quickly because there were no delays, everything was contained within the referee's report and there was no need to call witnesses."

Hagan has also confirmed that the abandoning of the senior football league Division 1A game had also been dealt with at Monday night's meeting.

The game between éire óg (Greystones) and Carnew Emmets, played in Carnew, had been abandoned by referee Ciaran Fleming because of fighting. "That game has been declared null and void with both teams losing the points," said Hagan.

Meanwhile, Limerick have given championship debuts to three players for their Munster SHC quarter-final against Clare including Cian Lynch, nephew of Ciaran Carey. He is joined by goalkeeper Barry Hennessy and wing-back Seanie O'Brien.

Roscommon footballers give a championship debut to Mark Healy while Donie Shine has regained his place at centre-forward on the team to face London on Sunday.

Limerick (SH v Clare) - B Hennessy; S Walsh, R McCarthy, S Hickey; T Condon, G O'Mahony, S O'Brien; P O'Brien, J Ryan; P Browne, D Hannon, D O'Grady; C Lynch, S Dowling, G Mulcahy.

Roscommon (SF v London) - D O'Malley; S McDermott, N Carty, N Collins; D Ward, N Daly, C Cafferkey; M Healy, C Shine; E Smith, D Shine, C Murtagh; D Murtagh, S Kilbride, C Cregg.

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