GAA offials in Mid-Tipperary have confirmed that they are to investigate an alleged assault on an umpire during a divisional hurling game last Sunday.
The alleged incident took place just before the finish of a Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between Drom-Inch and JK Brackens. Today’s Irish Examiner reported that several players became involved in an incident in the middle of the field.Referee Tommy Ryan went to break up this melee and a second broke out. Ryan consulted with his umpires and red-carded goalkeeper Darren Russell.
One of the aforementioned umpires was then knocked to the ground. The game was held up while the umpire received medical attention. Board chairman Mattie Ryan is waiting on the referee’s report before launching the investigation.
Last year former intercounty GAA referee Willie Barrett was injured in an assault during a club game in the county. He was struck by a spectator during a south senior hurling championship game. Perhaps the most high profile incident in recent years was the attack on Tyrone official Martin Sludden at the conclusion of last years Leinster Final.