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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

This morning/afternoon

Irish Rugby head coach, Joe Schmidt gets ‘robed up’ before being presented with the Griffith College Distinguished Fellowship Award 2018 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Irish sport.

Previous recipients have included Former President of Ireland Mary McAleese and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and John Hume.

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

This morning.

A joint statement has been released from the Professional Footballers Association of Ireland and the Irish and British branches of Show Racism the Red Card, in support of Stoke City player James McClean, from Derry, who refused to wear the poppy when his side faced Middlesborough last Sunday.

Mr McClean was warned yesterday by the English Football Association over a post he wrote on Instagram in which he responded to critics over his refusal to wear a poppy.

Yesterday: FA issue warning to James McClean over language (RTE)

Previously: Every Year

Via Gavan Reilly

Bohemian FC have been forced to drop their away kit with bob Marley’s image

No jumper.

No cry.

Biddy Bitcoin writes:

They’ll be worth a fortune now.

Bohemians ditch Bob Marley jersey due to image rights issues (Irish Times)

Previously: Natty

They remember him.

James McClean: Stoke player again decides not to wear poppy on shirt (BBC)

Mister Green.

And Mister Green.

Bohemian FC writes:

Dalymount Park has played a unique part – chiefly in the sporting – but also in the musical and cultural history of Ireland.

The Home of Irish Football was graced in the 1970s by Thin Lizzy and the Boomtown Rats, in the 1980s by Bob Marley, Meatloaf and Black Sabbath, and in the 1990s by Faith No More, Sonic Youth, Ice Cube and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This jersey, designed by Bohemian FC in conjunction with our new kit supplier O’Neills, gives a nod to that history – and to the stadium’s special place in the hearts of both football and music fans.

In fairness.

Bohemian FC

This afternoon.

Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.


An investigation by the regulator revealed that two customers were allowed to gamble “significant sums” of stolen money on the company’s betting exchange, Betfair.

One of the customers was the former boss of Birmingham Dogs Home, Simon Price, who spent money with Betfair that he had stolen from the charity. He was jailed in December for five years for defrauding the charity of £900,000 over a four-year period.

Failings were also identified involving three online customers and in the betting firm’s shops, including weaknesses in its source of wealth and social responsibility checks

Paddy Power Betfair fined £2.2m for failing to stop bets with stolen money (Guardian)

Paddy Power Betfair fined £2.2m over gambling check failings (RTÉ)

Ah here.

Force him to play.

At gunpoint if necessary.

Declan Rice needs time to decide international future, says Manuel Pellegrini (Sky Sports)

Pic: RTÉ


This afternoon.

At Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork city.

Football fans begin to gather for the Liam Miller tribute match which kicks off at 3pm.

Pics:  Mick Ring



Previously: Playing For Liam