Three Mullingar Town players have received 40-year bans from football activity in Ireland for their part in the attack on referee, Daniel Sweeney, earlier this month.
Sweeney sustained serious facial injuries when he was attacked following a game between Mullingar Town and Horseleap FC and required lengthy surgery.
On top of the three suspensions, a former Mullingar Town was also handed a lifetime ban from football activity after he was banned from playing following a previous assault.
The club has been fined €500 for failing to control their players and supporters, with the sum going towards Sweeney’s recovery fund.
Referee Daniel Sweeney, who was assaulted after a soccer match in the midlands at the weekend, says he would like to see the day that a referee can go on a pitch and 'feel safe' pic.twitter.com/B9R3NdX1j0
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In a statement, the Combined Counties Football League confirmed the punishments.
“The recent assault on CCFL match official Daniel Sweeney resulted in local, national and international headlines.
“The vicious, unprecedented level of violence directed at Daniel was unprovoked, unwarranted and unjustifiable.
“The incidents that occurred at the end and in the aftermath of this game are not representative of the magnificent work undertaken by the volunteers in the administration, playing and refereeing of association football in our league or across any of the great leagues under the jurisdiction of the FAI.”