Footage of ref attack appears on internet

SHOCKING footage of the weekend assault on Tipperary referee Willie Barrett has appeared on the internet.

Mobile phone footage showing the attack on Barrett by a hurley-wielding Carrick Davin ‘supporter’ was posted on YouTube late on Monday.

By yesterday afternoon, the video had been viewed 1,170 times within an 18-hour period as word spread that the Kilsheelan incident was available to view online.

Barrett abandoned the South SHC clash between Carrick Davins and Ballingarry 10 minutes into the second half after he was struck twice with a hurley.

The former inter-county referee received a blow to his back and then protected himself from a second strike with his hand.

The clip, which lasts 1 minute and 17 seconds, was filmed by a spectator and begins with footage of both sets of players engaged in some minor jostling.

Seconds later, Barrett’s attacker, wearing a grey T-shirt and black tracksuit bottoms, is clearly shown sprinting from the sideline as he makes a beeline for the former inter-county referee. The assailant strikes Barrett before the referee and his linesman Keith O’Brien run to protect themselves from further blows.

One spectator is clearly heard saying: “He has to call it off,” before the attacker walks from the field of play without any obvious interference.

South board officials met on Tuesday night to discuss the assault on Barrett while Gardaí have launched a separate investigation into the incident.

Meanwhile, Tipperary’s North board has yet to reveal its findings after Toomevara walked off the pitch and failed to finish their U21 championship match against Lorrha-Dorrha last weekend.

Toomevara were losing and had three players sent off by match referee Jimmy Cahill before deciding to leave the pitch in protest, shortly after the third red card had been issued.

Lorrha-Dorrha returned to the field of play, as instructed to by the referee, but Toome’ did not come back out and could now forfeit the match.

Limerick have made one enforcd change for their division four Allianz National Football League final clash with Waterford at Croke Park on Saturday.

Conor Mullane comes in at full back with Padraig Browne moving to centre back in place of the injured Shane Gallagher.

Wexford’s Darren Stamp could miss the Model County’s National Hurling League Division 2 final with Clare on Sunday week with a troublesome knee injury.

However, Paul Roche who was also forced to sit out the Antrim game with a groin problem should be fit to take his place in the full-back line.

Down and Armagh have been hit by a spate of injuries ahead of their Allianz NFL Division Two final clash.

Down’s Aidan Carr, Damien Rafferty, Danny Coulter and Brendan McArdle are all on the treatment table and are considered to be extremely doubtful. Carry has a damaged instep, Coulter a rib injury and both Rafferty and McArdle are troubled by hamstring problems.

Kevin Dyas (hand) and Vincent Martin (knee) have been ruled out of the Armagh side but full-forward Ronan Clarke is almost certain to start.

Former Tipperary captain Richard Stakelum has taken over from Antrim legend Ciaran Barr as manager of the Dublin U21 hurling team.

Barr, who after assisting Antrim to the 1989 All-Ireland final defeat by Tipperary, played with Dublin and the St Vincent’s club, served as the Sky Blues’ boss for just 12 months.

After a sluggish start in last year’s championship against Leinster U21 ‘A’ champions Kildare, the Belfast man’s charges hammered Wexford by 19 points in the Leinster semi-final, and lost by only four points to Kilkenny in the provincial decider.

However, after a recommendation by the Dublin senior hurling team-management of which Stakelum is a member of Anthony Daly’s set-up, the Dublin County Board decided on a change of team boss.

“We felt it makes sense to have a tie-up between the county senior and county U21 team, and that is why we agreed to the proposal from the senior team management,” explained Dublin chairman Gerry Harrington.

Connacht GAA chiefs have postponed Saturday’s MFC tie fixed for Pearse Stadium as Galway’s opponents, New York, are unable to travel due to the flying restrictions.

The game has now been rescheduled for Sunday, May 9 at 6.30pm.

Willie Barrett YouTube footage:

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