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Battered face of ref hospitalised after match attack

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This is the battered face of a match official hospitalised following an alleged assault after an adult soccer match.

Gardai are investigating the incident in which referee Daniel Sweeney was hospitalised following the alleged assault by three Mullingar Town players in a car park after their away match with Horseleap yesterday morning.

It is understood a spectator was involved in the alleged attack, which left Mr Sweeney with serious injuries to his jaw, cheekbone and nose.

Chairman of the Combined Counties Football League (CCFL) Sean Montgomery said lifetime bans will be handed down to those involved in the incident.

He said a significant fine will be issued to the club involved.

"There will be no stone unturned in terms of how we deal with this. It is completely and utterly unacceptable," he added.

Paul Malone, secretary of the midlands branch of the Irish Soccer Referees' Society, told the Herald that "referees are an easy target" and he wants criminal sanctions against the offenders and lifetime bans from playing in the league.

Disgrace

"It's a disgrace, it's an absolute disgrace," Mr Malone said.

"It needs to be clamped down on, it's getting worse. Anyone who did this damage to Daniel, I hope they get jail."

A garda spokesman said: "Gardai from Tullamore were called to the scene of a public order incident at a football club in Horseleap, Co Offaly. No arrests have been made to date and enquiries are ongoing."


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