Thursday 26 April 2018

Probe as fan abuses ref on pitch

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

THE GAA is to investigate how a supporter breached security yesterday and got on to the Croke Park pitch.

The man got close enough to referee Barry Kelly to verbally abuse him.

Protection for officials on big match days was stepped up after the 2010 Leinster football final, when referee Martin Sludden was attacked by a match-goer.

But security was badly breached again yesterday when a supporter of Carlow club Mount Leinster Rangers got on to the pitch at the end of the AIB All-Ireland club hurling final and verbally abused Mr Kelly at close quarters before stewards intervened.

Some Mount Leinster supporters were aggrieved at the sending off of Carlow wing-back Edward Coady in the dying minutes.

Few among the crowd understood why Coady was red-carded but Mount Rangers' manager Tom Mullally did not take issue with the referee.

Irish Independent

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