An experienced referee was forced to abandon a local soccer game this past weekend after being the victim of an alleged assault by one of the players.
The incident took place on Sunday morning in the fourth division of the Wexford Football League between The Ballagh United and Gorey Celtic.
Michael Comiskey was the referee in charge and it is understood that a complaint has been made to the gardaí while the football league claim they intend to carry out a full investigation into the alleged assault.
Speaking to the Independent.ie, Wexford Football League secretary Gertrude Rowlands confirmed that the league is still waiting on the referee’s report before deciding on a course of action.
“We will consider the referee’s report and then decide on a course of action. There’s nothing more we can say at the moment.”
The incident is believed to have happened in the 70th minute of the game. Gorey Celtic were 5-0 in front when a player from The Ballagh United is alleged to have carried out the attack leaving referee, Comiskey with no choice but to abandon the game.
According to the Independent.ie, Colm O’Neill, chairman of The Ballagh United confirmed that the game had indeed been abandoned due to an alleged assault on a match official but stopped short of confirming that a player from his club was involved.
It is believed Gardaí confirmed that they had received a complaint of a minor assault at a football game on Sunday and that the alleged victim did not require medical attention.
The incident comes six months after three Mullingar Town players were banned from all football-related activity for 40 years following an assault on a match official, Daniel Sweeney, who had to be treated for head injuries.