Belfast Telegraph

Man charged in US over GAA player attack

By John Mulgrew

A man has been arrested in San Francisco over an assault which left a Fermanagh GAA player in a coma.

Mark McGovern from Belcoo was seriously injured in an off-the-ball incident while playing for Ulster San Francisco against the San Francisco Celts in June.

Patrick Power (26) was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on Thursday morning. He has been charged with felony assault.

The player, from Half Moon Bay, was given a 96-week suspension by the San Francisco GAA Competition Control Committee last month.

According to the committee chair, Eamonn Gormley, Mr Power received the maximum penalty allowed "under the rule that the player was deemed to have violated".

Mr McGovern (20), who came out of his coma early last month, now faces a medical bill of around £1m - a fundraising committee has been set up in order to raise much needed funds. The Irish community in San Francisco has already begun fundraising efforts for the player.

During his time in the coma his parents and three sisters maintained a vigil at his bedside during the five-week period.

The Fermanagh GAA man has been going through a series of rehab therapies each day including speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy amongst others.

His family have said he is now recovering well.

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