Former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin was attacked with a hurl by the vice chairman of a rival club in a hurling match today, which saw the pitch invader escorted from the grounds by gardaí.
Galvin was in action with his local hurling club Lixnaw in the Kerry senior hurling championship final against Kilmoyley at Austin Stack Park in Tralee.
In a close encounter, trouble flared after both teams re-appeared for the second half and a melee between both teams ensued.
"The second half hadn't yet started when both teams became involved in some pushing and shoving," said John Ivory, a spectator in the crowd who had played for Dr. Crokes in the preceding intermediate final.
"A Kilmoyley player ended up on the ground and the referee John Sexton booked Galvin for the incident," he confirmed.
A supporter, named as Paddy O'Sullivan, wearing jeans then ran onto the field towards Galvin swinging a hurley which resulted in both sidelines rushing to intervene. Mr O'Sullivan is the vice chairman of Kilmoyley.
"The man was swinging at Galvin's head and there more wild pulls going on at the same time," he added. Radio Kerry confirmed at the time that there was "certainly a striking action by somebody who wasn't a player on a player."
While it is unclear the level of contact Galvin received, he did not require medical treatment and completed the match.
The pitch invader was soon taken from the pitch by stewards and escorted from the stadium by gardaí.
Lixnaw finished the game with 14 men when full-forward Mike Conway was dismissed for a second yellow card and the final ended in a draw, eleven points apiece.
Gardai say that no arrests were made.