11:06 Tuesday, 23 April 2019
The game was being played in Co. Wexford over the weekend.
It’s emerged a soccer match had to be abandoned in the 70th minute after an attack on the referee.
Michael Comiskey was allegedly wrestled to the ground and assaulted during the match between The Ballagh United and Gorey Celtic on Sunday morning.
This is at least the 18th attack on a referee since Daniel Sweeney was hospitalised after being attacked in Offaly last November.
President of the Irish Soccer Referees’ Society Paul O’Brien says his members are scared going to some games:
“Back in November when Daniel was assaulted we were told this was a game-changer and that referees would have to be respected and protected. But since then we’ve had at least 18 referees assaulted, ranging from minor to serious assaults – it’s crazy at this stage. We all understand frustration on the pitch, players losing, players get upset, but…it’s gone beyond the beyonds at this stage.”