‘Serious’ match incident under investigation

Donegal GAA officials are awaiting the referee’s report into an alleged attack on a referee at a club game in the county at the weekend.

Donegal GAA officials are awaiting the referee’s report into an alleged attack on a referee at a club game in the county at the weekend.

The alleged incident happened at a Division Four All-County Football League on Saturday night in Dunkineely, between host club Naomh Ultan and Robert Emmets.

The alleged incident, which will form a crucial part of the referee’s report, is said to have taken place after the referee, Shaun Campbell, gave a Robert Emmet’s player a red card, with approximately five minutes left in the game.

The referee in question was contacted by the Donegal Democrat/DPP, and confirmed that a referee’s report was being sent to the Donegal Competitions Control committee secretary Ed Byrne and the report includes a reference to the incident.

“It was a serious matter and the report will be with the DCCC this evening (Monday). I do not wish make any public comment on the matter until after the report has been submitted and I have spoken to Ed Byrne,” he confirmed.

The official had earlier in the game dismissed a Naomh Ultan player on a straight red card in a separate incident.

Confirming that he was aware of the incident, Donegal Competitions Control Committee secretary Ed Byrne said that he was awaiting the referee’s report on the alleged incident. He also stated that the CCC had a meeting planned for Thursday night. He expected the matter to be discussed at that meeting if they had received the referee’s report.

The game, which was completed despite the incident with no other fallout, ended with Naomh Ultan winning by three points 1-9 to 1-6.