Sunday 15 September 2019

Four men arrested in connection with vicious assault on referee

Injured ref Daniel Sweeney
Injured ref Daniel Sweeney
Gruelling: Daniel Sweeney had surgery for his horrific injuries

Eoghan MacConnell

Gardai have arrested four males in connection with an assault on a soccer referee in Co Offaly earlier this month.

Two men in their 20s, one teenager and a man in his 40s were arrested this morning.

They are being questioned about the assault of referee Daniel Sweeney at a soccer match in Horseleap on the Offaly/Westmeath border on Sunday, November 11. 

The 40 year-old referee was hospitalised as a result of the assault.

His injuries included a fractured jaw.

The four are being detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Mullingar, Tullamore and Birr Garda Stations in Westmeath and Offaly. They can be held for up to 24 hours.

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