Friday 20 September 2019

Referee abandons football match after alleged assault by player

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Brendan Furlong

A referee was forced to abandon a soccer match after allegedly being the victim of an assault by a player.

Experienced referee Michael Comiskey was officiating at a Wexford Football League fourth division game on Sunday morning when the incident occurred.

A complaint is understood to have been made to gardaí and the football league has said it will consider Mr Comiskey's report of the game before deciding what course of action to take.

The incident happened in the 70th minute of the match between The Ballagh United and Gorey Celtic, being played near Enniscorthy.

The away team were leading 5-0 when the referee was allegedly assaulted by a player from The Ballagh United.

The incident left referee Mr Comiskey with no option but to abandon the game, the final league action of the season. It will now be the subject of a full investigation.

The Ballagh United chairman Colm O'Neill confirmed yesterday morning the game was abandoned following an alleged assault on the match official. However, he refused to confirm that a Ballagh player was involved in the incident.

Gorey Celtic chairman Craig O'Connor also said the match was abandoned following an alleged assault by an opposing player on the referee.

"Really it has nothing to do with us, we'll just sit back and await the outcome," he said.

Wexford Football League secretary Gertrude Rowlands said it still awaits the referee's report.

"We will consider the referee's report and then decide on a course of action. There's nothing more we can say at the moment," she said.

Mr Comiskey confirmed that he was assaulted by a Ballagh player but was unable to comment further.

Gardaí confirmed a complaint of a minor assault was reported to them on Sunday and their inquiries are ongoing. A spokesman added that the injured party did not require medical attention.

Last November, three Mullingar Town players were banned from all football activity for 40 years each in the aftermath of an assault on referee Daniel Sweeney, who was treated for head injuries after being assaulted at the end of a game between Horseleap United and Mullingar Town.

Irish Independent

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