Rapparees hurler banned for 96 weeks
The Wexford G.A.A. Disciplinary committee has banned an Enniscorthy Rapparees player for 96 weeks following an alleged assault on a referee.
Paddy Connors was suspended following a full investigation into an incident involving referee John O'Loughlin during the town club's Enniscorthy District Junior 'B' hurling championship semi-final against Duffry Rovers.
On receipt of the referee's report, the committee conducted a thorough investigation and handed out the toughest penalty for such an incident.
While the suspension in the rule book is 48 weeks, county committees also have the power to expel members 'in serious cases', with the committee taking the route of imposing a 96-week ban.
Chairman of the Disciplinary committee, Aidan O'Leary, said: 'A clear message is being sent out that assault or abuse of referees will not be tolerated. The message is going out loud and clear that interference with referees will meet with the strongest possible action.'
Meanwhile, Buffers Alley player Thomas Dempsey has been handed a 16-week ban to date from August 5 last after an incident involving referee Pádraig Byrne during their Junior hurling championship game against Rapparees.