An Irish referee has issued legal proceedings against two GAA clubs claiming that he was not given enough protection after a heated GAA match last June.
The incident stems from the Sheelan Cup final between Drogheda side O’Raghallaigh’s and Glyde Rangers. Louth official Joey Moynagh gave two players from Glyde Rangers their marching orders towards the end of the game.
When Glyde Rangers proceeded to lose the game, angry fans stormed the pitch after final whistle and this is when the alleged assault took place. The police where then called.
Two attorneys’ letters were then sent to both Collon-based Mattock Rangers and Glyde Rangers. The letter claims that inadequate security was provided for the official at the end of the game which resulted in the scuffle.
Mattock chairman Terry Donegan confirmed the club had received the correspondence. "We have received a letter from solicitors representing the referee. After speaking with our own solicitors, that’s all I am prepared to say."
Chairman of Glyde Brendan Woods said: "I am aware that Mattock received a letter and I can tell you we have also received correspondence in relation to the incident. There’s nothing I can add to that at the moment".
If a civil suit is filed it be a cause of concern and worry for GAA clubs throughout the country about staging matches in their ground. In 2006 the GAA introduced a major new scheme aimed at ensuring all clubs throughout the country had public liability insurance.