GAA Umpire Assault Claim: No Garda Inquiry ‘Unless Formal Complaint Has Been Filed’

Gardaí will not investigate an alleged assault on a referee in a GAA game until a formal complaint has been made about the incident.

The alleged attack on referee Kevin Naughton took place during a underage football match in Roscommon on Wednesday night.

It is understood that while Gardaí have conducted initial investigations, they have not received a formal complaint from the referee concerned as of last night.

If this happens they will attempt to establish exactly how the referee sustained injuries which required hospitalisation, including interviews with witnesses who were present.

Health wise, I’m trying to deal with it, but I won’t say more

The Roscommon County Board has now officially postponed its entire weekend game schedule after the county umpires suspended their services for three days.

It was hoped officers could persuade referees to reverse their decision, made following the alleged attack on Mr Naughton, who was arrested at a small football match between St Aidan and St Dominic in Ballyforan, Co Roscommon on Wednesday night , officiated.

Mr Naughton is understood to be recovering at home after being discharged from hospital on Thursday.

“Health-wise I’m trying to deal with that at this point but I won’t say more,” Mr Naughton said Irish mirror however, added that he would not be making any further comments to the media about the incident at this time.

Video of the alleged attack showed Mr Naughton, a Clann Na nGael clubman, lying on the ground and not moving when he was approached from the sidelines by a non-player.

The video does not capture the alleged attack but shows staff attending to Mr Naughton and one person walking away from the scene.

They are suspending their services for all games scheduled for today, tomorrow and Sunday in the county

There was widespread outrage at the video going viral online and calls for action to protect umpires within the GAA.

A statement from the board yesterday afternoon confirmed the postponement of the games.

The statement from the Roscommon County Board reads: “Roscommon GAA has been notified by the Roscommon Referees’ Committee that they are retiring their services for all games scheduled for today, tomorrow and Sunday in the county.

“The Referees Committee believes this action is necessary in order to strongly condemn any form of violence, aggression or abuse towards game officials in the GAA.

“Roscommon GAA strongly condemns any conduct that puts any of our on-ice officials at risk.

“All games scheduled to be played this weekend will be rescheduled to September 16, 17 and 18, 2022.

“All tickets purchased remain valid for the rescheduled game.” GAA Umpire Assault Claim: No Garda Inquiry ‘Unless Formal Complaint Has Been Filed’

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