Referee Daniel Sweeney reports:

A referee was hospitalised after he was allegedly assaulted in the aftermath of an adult soccer match.

Gardaí in Co Offaly are investigating the incident which took place after a match in the Midlands Soccer League. Referee Daniel Sweeney was admitted to hospital with a suspected broken jaw as well as injuries to his cheekbone and nose.

The alleged assault is said to have taken place in the car park at the Combined Counties Football League after a dispute occurred towards the end of the game.

Gardai Investigating As Referee Hospitalised After Alleged Assault (

Pic: Joe Cassidy Athlone

15 thoughts on “Meanwhile, In Offaly

  1. Worlds Biggest Ranter

    Criminal charges and a lifetime ban to the player involved. I think every player of every sport has argued with a referee at some point. Lots of them are lousy too but assault is simply not on.

        1. Brother Barnabas

          apparently it was 3 players and 1 club official that attacked him in the car park after the match. orchestrated and premeditated.

          genuinely couldn’t see that happening after a gaa game

          1. Bertie Blenkinsop

            Probably sounded like whataboutery, that wasn’t my intention

            The GAA is my passion, soccer is just a keen interest ( supporting Liverpool will do that to a man ), I was just pointing out that it’s certainly not confined to soccer

          2. Rob_G


            Bertie was referring to a real event that took place in Wicklow (it was a big scandal when it happened).

        2. Vanessa off the Telly

          Wickla Bert
          and c’mon
          Johnny Price was sitting on the edge of his boot at the time swapping out’ve his boots when a few lads pushed him in, its not like he was grabbed and blindfolded ffs
          and t’was an estate car
          you’d probably call it a Touring model
          yanks call them station wagons

          and it was over 30 years ago

          shur’ly a Dub has a better and more recent Ref incident
          I’m remembering a Crumlin Hurler sending a ref to Beaumont for surgery meself

    1. Murtles

      You’re not half wrong there Pixel. Not tarring all with the one brush but I worked in Edenderry, Prosperous and Clane and a lot of young men were prone to kicking off over nothing. I once looked on in amazement as I watched a fella in a pub pick a fight with himself in a large mirror. I thought he was joking but no and then the straw that broke the camel was when his friend came over to him pulled him away and said “leave him alone Johnny”. Funny but not.

      1. Worlds Biggest Ranter

        Midlanders. Feral and untamable. Always burning stuff as well! Too much bog air I think. Tagging might be a necessary and viable option.

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