Monday 22 January 2018

Gardai probe assault on ref

John Fallon

Gardai have launched an investigation into an alleged assault on a GAA referee at a minor football match in Monaghan.

After the incident on Tuesday night, the minor league game was abandoned.

GAA officials in Monaghan yesterday refused to comment on the incident and would not confirm if the matter is being investigated.

Enquiries to gardai in Monaghan were redirected to Garda Headquarters in the Phoenix Park, where a spokesperson confirmed that an investigation was under way and issued an appeal for witnesses.

The incident happened at a Monaghan minor league game when Truagh hosted Scotstown at their grounds near Emyvale in north Co Monaghan.

Referee Xavier Coyle abandoned the match after allegedly being assaulted by an adult from Scotstown. A spokesperson for referee Coyle's club Tyholland confirmed that an investigation has been launched.

"All I can confirm is that an incident took place and the match was subsequently abandoned. It will be investigated by the relevant authorities," said the Tyholland club spokesperson.

The Monaghan chairman Paul Curran and secretary Sean McKenna declined to comment and would not confirm if an investigation had been launched.

However, gardai in Monaghan are anxious to speak to anybody who saw the incident.

"Garda at Monaghan are investigating an assault that took place at Lisseagh, Emyvale at approximately 20.30hrs on May 10. Anyone with information is asked to contact Monaghan Garda at 047 77200," said a Garda spokesperson.

Irish Independent

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