Three players have each been given 40-year bans following an attack on a referee for an amateur match at the Republic of Ireland.

Daniel Sweeney suffered a broken jaw and other injuries when he was attacked following Mullingar Town played Horseleap in County Offaly.

Three Mullingar players are banned by the Combined Counties League.

Another player had.

Police inquiries into the incident are continuing and no arrests are made.

The player – who had been a spectator in the match – had already been banned from playing and he will have the ability to take part in any action.

In addition to this lengthy suspensions, the executive committee of this CCFL has also fined Mullingar Town €500 (£442) for failure to restrain its players, with the fine to be given to this Daniel Sweeney Recovery Fund, which had been set up by the club and has so far increased €200 (£170).

Referee Daniel Sweeney

Sweeney underwent surgery lasting five hours.

The Combined Counties League ruled that three match officials must be in attendance and the club has to appoint an independent liaison officer to assist referees.

“The events that occurred at the conclusion and at the wake of the soccer game are not representative of the glorious work undertaken by the volunteers at the government, playing and refereeing of association football in our league or over any of the wonderful leagues under the authority of the FAI,” it said.

“The committee is dedicated to working with the FAI and relevant referee’s bodies to encompass any suggestions which could be introduced to enhance current policy,” the statement added.

The executive will meet with Mullingar to review plans for an club arrangement.


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