Laois captain Ross King was forced off during the Laois senior hurling championship final between Camross and Rathdowney-Errill with a serious facial injury in an incident that infuriated the Rathdowney-Errill manager and the clubs' supporters.
Footage has emerged of the altercation which shows King taking the butt of a hurl to the face. It occurred during the first half and shows players from both teams battling for possession and a shemozzle ensures. King then runs in and receives the blow as the hurl penetrates his face guard, splitting his lip and knocking out two teeth in the process.
Just a clip to back up my last tweet if you think it was unjustified. pic.twitter.com/RSfe7RFJdl
— Jordan Walshe (@WalsheJordan) October 9, 2018
The referee issued two yellow cards for the players involved in the skirmish but took no action for the incident that took King out of the game.
Speaking to Laois Today, Rathdowney-Errill's manager John Delaney slammed the incident. He said it was an "absolute disgrace what happened today – if that’s allowed to happen in Laois hurling, I thought those days were over.”
Without their talented centre-forward, Rathdowney-Errill went on to lose the game 0-19 to 2-15.
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