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U9 GAA Player Allegedly Grabbed By The Neck By Adult At Hurling Blitz

U9 GAA Player Allegedly Grabbed By The Neck By Adult At Hurling Blitz
By Nathan Molloy Updated
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An U9 GAA player has been allegedly grabbed by the neck by an adult in a game in Tipperary this weekend.

The incident happened during a blitz organised in Thurles by the Munster Council in Dr Morris Park on 1pm on Saturday. It is understood that a non player entered the pitch and allegedly grabbed the throat of the U9 player. According to the Irish Mirror, a person presented themselves to Thurles Gardai Station the same day.

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The Munster Council have acknowledged the shocking incident and have begun investigating.

Report: Appalling incident at club game in Tipperary


Speaking to Live95, former GAA president Sean Kelly said he believes that every club needs to establish its own form of conduct.

Each club needs to establish its own code of conduct and to get that message across to players, to mentors but above all to parents of young kids.

He emphasises that parents should be taught how to act in games as they obviously want the best for their child.


Sometimes the parents haven't been involved themselves before but obviously everyone looks at their own Johnny as the world and wants the best for them, but that doesn't mean they can go around abusing and shouting at referees or players.

Alarming Rise In Incidents

The incident in Tipperary is the latest in an alarming rise at club level. Just 3 weeks ago, Davy Fitzgerald was calling for the GAA to make an example of those that assault referees. His words of advice came after two incidents in County Mayo  and Wexford.

A proposed 96 week ban was also handed out to an individual this summer. The ban came after the individual allegedly assaulted a referee in an U17 championship in County Roscommon


Due to the recent trend, the GAA have announced that they are considering to bring in rules to punish those that abuse referees and officials. Hopefully it will bring an end to the incidents we have seen all season.

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