Dublin chairman promises probe after attack on ref

DUBLIN GAA chiefs are to launch an investigation into an alleged attack on a referee after a senior football championship game on Wednesday night.

The alleged incident occurred after St Peregrine’s defeated St Anne’s, 1-10 to 0-12 at Newcastle.

It is claimed that referee Philip Fitzsimons was verbally abused and spat at following the game which was decided by a late penalty.

Dublin chairman Gerry Harrington has vowed that his board will investigate the allegations once they have received the official report of Fitzsimons.

Harrington admitted: “I do understand there were some unsavoury incidents after the game.

“I do understand that the referee was verbally abused and was spat at.

“You can take it that the Competitions Control Committee will investigate the incidents, and any breach of rule or indiscipline will be dealt with severely. We in Dublin will not allow incidents like that to tarnish our games and we will deal with them severely, believe you me.”

St Peregrine’s face UCD in O’Toole Park in the next round.


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