A Westmeath hurling supporter has been banned for 48 weeks for clashing with a referee after the county senior hurling final.
The St Oliver Plunkett’s fan has accepted the suspension which arose from an incident after their four-point lost to Castletown-Geoghegan in October. Moments after the final whistle, the offender grappled with Feichin Brennan as he left the field before he was pulled away by officials.
St Oliver Plunkett’s secretary Michael Coyle revealed the man was accompanied by a second individual wishing to challenge the referee, but he was prevented from gaining access to the tunnel.
“I was there when the incident happened and I could see two lads making their way down from the stand and I tried to stop both of them, but one got through and altercated with the referee.
“He would be well known in the club, but we do not condone that kind of behaviour. Castletown were better than us on the day but there was lads in the stand who weren’t happy with some of the decisions made by the referee.”
St Oliver Plunkett’s boss Ciarán McKenna was dismissed to the stand during the game for confronting Brennan over one decision and was subsequently hit with a 12-week suspension. He also accepts his suspension.
Westmeath board secretary James Savage said both incidents went unnoticed among top brass until Brennan’s referee’s report. “The matter was then taken over by the CCC. It was a good game of hurling and we abhor this kind of behaviour.”
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