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Roscommon GAA Launch Investigation After Alleged Referee Assault

Roscommon GAA Launch Investigation After Alleged Referee Assault
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Roscommon GAA say that their Competitions Control Committee will be investigating an alleged assault of a referee during a game on Wednesday.

The alleged incident took place during the second half of a minor club game in Ballyforan.

"Roscommon GAA is aware of an incident involving a referee during an underage match in Ballyforan on Wednesday evening,” reads a statement issued on Thursday.

"We would like to wish the referee involved in this incident a speedy recovery.

"Roscommon GAA strongly condemns any behaviour that puts any of our match officials at risk.

"The CCC will commence a full investigation into the incident

"We will not be making any further comment at this time."


Shannonside FM report that an ambulance was called to provide medial attention to the official and that the game was abandoned.

8 January 2012; A general view of the pitch at Ballyforan, Co. Roscommon. Picture credit: Brian Lawless / SPORTSFILE

St Aidan's GAA club, at whose ground the incident took place, say that they are also investigating.

"St Aidan's GAA club is currently investigating an incident that occurred during a U-17 championship game on our club grounds on Wednesday evening," the club said in a statement issued on Thursday.

"First and foremost, our thoughts are with the referee, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We would also like to thank the medical personnel who assisted him following the incident.


"The club will co-operate fully with the Roscommon CCC and Roscommon GAA in their investigation in the matter."

Minister for Sport Jack Chambers tweeted: "I condemn the disgraceful incident that occurred at a GAA match yesterday. This matter needs to be investigated in full by the relevant authorities & any individual found responsible for harming a match official needs to be held to account. My thoughts are with the referee.

"Referees are central to sport and participation in our communities. Our games cannot happen without them. A very strong message must go out that any abuse of match officials is unacceptable & will not be tolerated in sport. Referees must be respected & protected in all sports."


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