Sunday 17 December 2017

Daly points the finger

Mick Daly has hit out at Galway United after there was no doctor present at Terryland Park on Friday night to treat his broken finger, WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

League of Ireland rules state a medic must be in attendance at all games, but the Drogheda United midfielder was forced to go to Accident and Emergency with the injury he sustained after running into a wall, dislocating and breaking a finger on his left hand.

He claims he could have played on as his team suffered a 3-1 reverse, but instead he had to leave the ground -- a situation he deems to be unacceptable.

"I was pushed into a wall and my finger just snapped back. It was at a 90 degree angle," he said. "They have a duty to provide a doctor, but there was none, which meant I was hanging around for about 15 minutes to go to hospital. There has to be a doctor. I could have gone on and played, you never know what might have happened."

Galway United chief Nick Leeson last night said that the doctor at the ground, who was not the normal club doctor, had to leave as he was on call for the local A&E.

He described the incident as "a freak set of circumstances" and "expects a sanction to be forthcoming".

The FAI have received the match delegate's report, which has been handed to the club licensing committee, who will investigate the matter further.

Irish Independent

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