Gardai in Waterford are investigating an assault which left three teenagers requiring hospital treatment.
The incident is reported to have taken place in Earlscourt, Waterford, last Thursday, April 25th. According to local media, Gardaí believe a corrosive chemical was thrown which resulted in facial injuries for one of the teens.
The youngster, Irish soccer U17 international Tega Agberhiere, was rushed to hospital.
Speaking to WLR's Damien Tiernan, Agberhiere's mother explained that "he is getting better but he is still in the hospital".
She later told RTÉ's Morning Ireland: "He got first degree burns on his face. I'm angry, I'm not happy about the whole thing because it shouldn't have happened to anybody.
"It has affected the whole community. It's really shocking, I'm in shock. I'm still in shock. Even an adult, emotionally, you would be damaged.
"As a mother, I have to lift his spirit and make him positive."
Christy Agberhiere told RTÉ that on the day of the attack, her son had attended a Leaving Cert grind and then training with the Waterford U17 team before later meeting with friends.
Tega Agberhiere (brilliant soccer player) was one of the three teenage boys attacked with acid in Waterford; still in hospital tonight. His mother Christy speaks to WLR: you can hear her full interview on @wlrfm on Tuesday. A Waterford co juvenile hurler is also one of victims. pic.twitter.com/McO84mYs2z
— Damien Tiernan (@damienwlr) April 29, 2019
A number of youths were involved and Gardai are conducting house to house inquiries.
They are also appealing to anybody who may have witnessed the assault to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305300.