Fermanagh player in coma after US incident

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Updated: June 28, 2011

A 22-year-old Fermanagh footballer remains in a critical condition in a US hospital after being involved in an off the ball incident during a club football game in San Francisco on Saturday.

According to reports in The Star newspaper, Mark McGovern from the Belcoo O’Rahilly’s club in Fermanagh was playing his first game for the Ulster Club when he was involved in an incident off the ball. He suffered a brain injury following the clash with a Celts player,although no further details are yet available.

The Belcoo O’Rahilly’s issued a statement which read: “The club would like to ask all its members to keep Mark McGovern and his family in our thoughts and prayers. Mark suffered a severe head injury during his debut for Ulster San Francisco on Saturday night and he has been in a coma since.

“Two other Belcoo players, Emmet Scollan and Ciaran Flaherty, were playing the the same game and they have been at Mark’s bedside since.Messages of support have been overwhelming but we would like to keep the three lads in our prayers and we hope Mark comes around shortly and he can make a full recovery”.

”Mark’s condition hasn’t change over night, we keep him in our thoughts and prayers.” said Paul McGrath (PRO) Belcoo O’Rahillys

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