Saturday 21 September 2019

Four men arrested over referee attack released by gardaí

Injured ref Daniel Sweeney
Injured ref Daniel Sweeney

Eoghan MacConnell

Gardai have released a teenager and three men who were arrested 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 on Wednesday morning.

They were questioned about the alleged 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 incident. He required surgery for injuries which included a fractured jaw.

The four males were detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act in Mullingar, Tullamore and Birr Garda Stations in counties Westmeath and Offaly.

All four were released without charge in the earlier hours of this morning. Gardai said files are being prepared for the DPP. 

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