Violence has unfortunately been an all too common occurrence in GAA matches over the last numbers of months, and Gardai have launched an investigation following an alleged assault during an Offaly GAA game on Saturday night.
The alleged incident is understood to have taken place during a county Division One Football League final between Ballycumber and Edenderry. It has been claimed that a Ballycumber selector struck a young member of the Edenderry team close to the finish of the match.
Seán Doyle(17) was fighting for possession close to the sideline when the alleged incident occurred. The game was then held up for a number of minutes as Doyle received treatment. He suffered a bloody nose and some damage to his teeth.
The referee sent off the Ballycumber selector and continued with the match.
Gardaí in Tullamore were subsequently contacted, with the Garda press office last night confirming that: “Gardaí in Tullamore are investigating an alleged assault that took place at Mucklagh on the 16th of July at approximately 8.30pm.”
Offaly county board chairman Pat Teehan refused to comment he was in receipt of the report from the referee:
“As with any match, we would deal with this through the normal disciplinary procedures once the referee’s report is received.”