Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gardai launch probe after fracas at under 16s hurling match leaves three injured

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

GARDAI and Cork County Board are investigating a fracas at a juvenile GAA hurling match that left three people injured.

The match, an U-16 Rebel Og East hurling fixture between Valley Rovers and St Vincent’s, subsequently had to be abandoned.

Gardai launched a probe following receipt of a formal complaint from one person who was injured at the game.

The match was played at Ballinora outside Cork city last Sunday.

A thrilling game had reached a climax 18 minutes into the second half when St Vincent’s scored two points to level the match at 2-10 each.

St Vincent’s had established a first half lead before Valley Rovers took charge with two goals.

However, seconds after the teams drew level, an individual ran on to the pitch and angrily confronted both the referee and a number of players.

It is alleged that one person was then struck.

A general melee then broke out where two other people were struck and injured.

Three people were taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) to have minor injuries treated.

One was kept overnight before being discharged.

Less than 60 people were at the match.

The game was formally abandoned and no score has been recorded for the fixture on the Rebel Og website.

Gardai are now seeking to speak to a number of people at the game to clarify the precise sequence of events.

The garda priority is to speak to all three people who were injured to determine how they were hurt.

Cork County Board declined to comment on the matter beyond confirming that a probe is now underway into Sunday’s match.

However, one GAA source stressed that the incident was being treated as “very serious”.

The county board probe will initially involve detailed consideration of the referee’s report and then full statements will be sought from both clubs.

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