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Father of battered GAA player says: I want a full probe

By Anne Madden

The father of a teenage GAA star, Kevin Nugent, who suffered horrific injuries in an assault during an Armagh league game has called for a full investigation so “no-one will ever go through this again”.

Nugent, who was in the winning Armagh Minor All-Ireland team, had his jaw and chin bone broken in several places while playing for home club Maghery on Sunday. The incident happened towards the end of the Division One game at home against Culloville.

The 19-year-old was rushed to Craigavon Area Hospital and then transferred to the Ulster hospital at Dundonald where he underwent surgery on his jaw.

Kevin’s father Brian said: “What happened to Kevin took place on a GAA ground and we, as members of that Association, are relying on them to sort it all out. All I want is that the incident be fully investigated and that nobody will ever have to go through what Kevin and our family have suffered.”

The father-of-four said he could deal with it better if his son had sustained the injuries through a car accident, but not from an attack on a football field.

Armagh’s disciplinary authority is investigating the attack. Committee chairman Paul McArdle said it would follow GAA procedures to examine what happened.

Mr Nugent was watching the match when his son, a business studies student at the University of Ulster, was injured.

Surgeons at the Ulster Hospital inserted two plates into his lower jaw and his lower teeth, which had been displaced, have been wired into his gum. “Kevin has been through a lot and he still has a long way to go,” his father said.

Armagh GAA website forum is crammed with comments supporting Kevin and condemning the “thuggish” behaviour of his attackers.

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