Irish GAA player Mark McGovern, 22, who  sustained a head injury on June 25th in San Francisco from a violent opponent, is  still unconscious but has shown small improvement.

His family, made up of his parents, sisters, and uncle, who travelled from Ireland to be with him, are maintaining a bedside vigil.

McGovern plays for the Belcoo O’Rahilly club back home in Ireland, and had only been in California for a week before he was injured. The game he was playing in was his debut for the Ulster GAA club in San Francisco, where he was supposed to play with teammates Emmet Scollan and Ciarán Flaherty.
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After McGovern went down during the game, so far two witnesses, an umpire and a teammate have reported that the player who hit him stood over McGovern for a brief period after. It has also been reported that he taunted, “you won’t get up after that.”

Ulster San Francisco club chairman Joe Duffy noted that McGovern “was having spasms and he was not conscious so we phoned 911 immediately.”

The San Francisco police have launched an investigation into the accident. They’re calling for anyone with knowledge as to why McGovern, who has been called by his home football club an “exceptionally talented footballer” might have been targeted, to step forward.

McGovern’s friend, Scollan, calls the entire incident “worse than a bad nightmare.”