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Referee’s Jaw Broken By Players During A Football Match

Referee’s Jaw Broken By Players During A Football Match
A referee suffered ‘extensive injuries’ after being assaulted after a football match.
Daniel Sweeney, in his 50s, sustained a broken jaw and an eye socket injury when a disturbance broke out in the car park of a football ground.
A witness said: "One of our Referees in Midland Branch today after a game was viciously attacked by players this should not be tolerated at all we as Referees doing a job – no REF no game."
Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident, which happened at around 1pm on Sunday afternoon.

They were called to Horseleap FC’s ground in Tullamore, Republic of Ireland, after their match with Mullingar Town.

Secretary of the Combined Counties Football League Chris Hand told RTE Soccer that the level of violence perpetrated on Mr Sweeney has shocked the community.
He said: "Daniel has been a referee for a number of years and he’s a good man. 

"The referee’s report will be with us in the next few days or so, the individuals involved have been identified, they (have) immediately been suspended from all football activity. 

"We will follow up with the strongest action we can. I think what has surprised everybody about yesterday was the level of violence. 

"There is no place for this in sport, in any sport.’ A police spokesman said: ‘No arrests have been made to date and inquiries are ongoing."
A spokesman for the Irish Soccer Referees Society (ISRS) said the lack of volunteer referees available for matches is no surprise considering Sunday’s assault.
He said: "We in the ISRS are shocked and appalled in equal measure with the vicious assault on one of our members after his game on Sunday. 

"We are calling on the [Football Association of Ireland] to work with us to launch a respect and educational campaign. 

"Without referees there is no game, we as referees should be viewed as a resource and in turn we should be given the protection and respect we deserve."
 From Metro.

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