Louth men deny attack on Leinster final referee

Three Co. Louth men accused of attacking referee Martin Sludden after last year's controversial Leinster Senior Football final at Croke Park had their trial date set today.

Three Co. Louth men accused of attacking referee Martin Sludden after last year's controversial Leinster Senior Football final at Croke Park had their trial date set today.

Sludden had been confronted by Louth fans after he allowed a goal to Meath in the closing seconds of the crucial match.

The Co. Tyrone-based referee later admitted he was wrong to award the goal, which cost Louth the Leinster Championship.

Joseph Conlon (aged 23), of Marlbog Road, Haggardstown, Dundalk, Paul Grimes (aged 50), with an address at Willowdale Bay Estate, Dundalk and Dermot Rodgers (aged 44), of Belfry Gardens, St Alphonsus Road, Dundalk, have been summonsed on a charge of assaulting Sludden, at Croke Park stadium, on July 11 last year.

The prosecution has been brought under Section Two of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Persons Act, which on conviction can result in a sentence of up to six months' imprisonment and or a fine.

Today lawyers for the three men told Judge Cormac Dunne at Dublin District Court that a hearing date was required.

Mr Rodgers was not present when the case was called however, the judge was told he was on his way to court.

Judge Dunne noted from the defence lawyers that there could be five or six witnesses called and CCTV evidence would be used.

He said the trial “requires nearly a day” and ordered that it would be held on on February 6 next.

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