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Roscommon Referees To Go On Strike After Alleged Assault At Minor Game

Roscommon Referees To Go On Strike After Alleged Assault At Minor Game
By Gary Connaughton Updated

All GAA games fixed to take place in Roscommon this weekend could be postponed, after referees in the county threatened strike action in response to an alleged assault that took place in the county earlier this week.

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

RTÉ are now reporting that following meetings between the county board last night, referees are set to take action. They will not officiate in the games scheduled to take place this weekend, meaning the final round of games in senior, intermediate, and junior championships are unlikely to go ahead.

It is also suggested that further action would be taken by the county board in an attempt to prevent the strikes from going ahead.

However, Roscommon GAA would later release a statement to confirm that this weekend's fixtures would not go ahead.

Roscommon GAA have been informed by the Roscommon Referee’s Committee that they are withdrawing their services for all matches scheduled in the county for today, tomorrow and Sunday.

The Referee’s Committee feel that this action is necessary to strongly condemn any form of violence, aggression or abuse towards match officials in the GAA.

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

All matches that were due to be played this weekend will be rescheduled to the 16th, 17th and 18th September 2022.

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

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"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."

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