Friday 24 March 2017

Tipp probe assault on final ref

TIPPERARY officials are investigating an assault against former All-Ireland senior hurling final referee Seamus Roche last Sunday.

It has emerged that Roche was struck after the county semi-final between Toomevara and Thurles Sarsfields at Semple Stadium.

It is understood that Roche has mentioned the incident in his match report, which was submitted to the Tipperary County Board CCC yesterday.

There were stormy confrontations after the Thurles showdown, which Sars won with a dramatic goal from county star Pa Bourke, from a free two and a half minutes into stoppage-time.

Less than a minute later, 2005 All-Ireland final referee Roche blew the final whistle and there were ugly scenes as a Sarsfields supporter was floored on the pitch after a number of people flooded onto the surface. Sources have indicated that Roche was struck from behind as he attempted to restore order.

Irish Independent

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