Tuesday 24 October 2017

Investigation launched after referee assaulted at end of GAA match

Referee John Keenan earlier this month
Referee John Keenan earlier this month

Wicklow County Board is to launch an investigation into an assault on inter-county referee John Keenan at the end of an intermediate football championship game.

Baltinglass and Stratford-Grangecon clashed in Hollywood on Saturday evening at the end of which Keenan was on the receiving end of an incident as he left the pitch. The alleged attack happened as he made his way through the crowd to the changing room.

It is understood that he was approached and struck by a headbutt to the nose which left him bloodied.

The incident came at the end of the game which Baltinglass had won by four points. Keenan has come through the refereeing ranks at inter-county level and this year is included in the panel for the All-Ireland senior hurling championship.

This latest incident comes on the back of the abandonment of a Division 1A senior football league game between Carnew Emmets and éire óg (Greystones) seven days earlier.

A couple of skirmishes broke out with referee Ciaran Fleming abandoning the game minutes before the end. éire óg were leading by 0-12 to 1-6 at the time.

Now Wicklow County Board are to launch investigations into both incidents.

Irish Independent

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