Wexford dual star Redmond Barry is facing up to surgery today after he broke his jaw in Saturday's county championship tie between St Anne's and Sarsfields.
Barry will undergo an operation to wire his broken jawbone together at the Cork Regional Hospital after an incident during the Wexford SFC quarter-final game.
While waiting to take a free, Barry was knocked to the ground by John Bergin and subjected to a barrage of punches from the Sarsfields defender which saw him red-carded by referee James Owen.
Bergin also allegedly angered a section of the crowd by motioning a two-fingered jesture towards the furious St Anne's supporters.
The Wexford County Board will launch an investigation into the incident which left Barry's jaw broken in two places - but only after they receive the referee's report.
Barry's father Geoff said: "It's very annoying and upsetting that something like this should happen on a sports field.
"Now his year has possibly ended in this manner in what turned out to be a meaningless and one-sided game. It's shattering for Redmond."
St Anne's won the quarter-final tie by 2-13 to 0-02.