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Referee Daniel Sweeney

Referee Daniel Sweeney

Referee Daniel Sweeney

Four men were last night being questioned over a vicious assault on a soccer referee earlier this month.

Two men in their 20s, one teenager and a man in his 40s were arrested yesterday morning.

They were being held in relation to the assault on Daniel Sweeney at a soccer match in Horseleap on the Co Offaly-Westmeath border on Sunday, November 11.

The referee (50) was hospitalised as a result of the assault.

Horrific

The four were detained under Section Four of the Criminal Justice Act at Mullingar, Tullamore and Birr Garda Stations.

They can be held for up to 24 hours.

Married father-of-two Mr Sweeney was left with horrific injuries following the attack - including a jaw broken in two places, a fractured eye socket and numerous lacerations to his nose.

"I'm feeling sore to be honest. I'm feeling sore where I have my injuries. But look, I'm getting on with it," he said, in a video message recorded after the incident.

"It certainly makes you question should I be refereeing when you feel you're not properly protected. It makes you question whether refereeing is for you."

Mr Sweeney also said he holds no grudge toward those who attacked him.


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