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Life ban over GAA referee attack

Tyrone’s Ladies GAA Football board has imposed life bans on two people associated with the Carrickmore club following violent incidents that marred the aftermath of the recent womens senior county final between St Macartan’s, Augher and Carrickmore.

One is believed to be an official of the Carrickmore club which has also been heavily fined.

Referee Simon Brady and ladies board chairman Martin Conway were assaulted after the game when spectators became involved. The Augher club won the game by a point.

A full investigation ordered by the Tyrone ladies board and conducted by a special sub-committee commenced last week and its findings were made known to a full county board meeting last night which was chaired by vice-chairman Patsy McCrory.

Afterwards the following statement was released by the board:

“An individual, reportedly a Carrickmore supporter was, identified as the person who allegedly assaulted match referee Simon Brady.”

The statement added: “The County board issued him with a lifetime ban from any involvement in or with Ladies gaelic football; this includes attendance at ladies fixtures in the future. He is not a member of the Ladies GFA.

“A second individual confirmed as part of the Carrickmore management team and a member of the Ladies GFA was identified as the person who allegedly assaulted the Tyrone ladies GFA chairman Martin Conway.

“Once again a life ban was imposed in accordance with the Ladies football official guide. The Carrickmore club were also handed a substantial fine. The Tyrone ladies GFA commends those who carried out and assisted with the investigation and thanks both clubs for the manner in which they co-operated fully with the enquiry.”

In a statement to the meeting, Carrickmore condemned the incidents and wished the two injured parties a speedy recovery and return to their duties.

The names of those banned have not as yet been put into the public domain and it is understood that this is because a police investigation into the incidents is ongoing.

Tyrone Ladies board PRO Paddy Hunter admitted that the “unsavoury incidents” had blighted the sport and added: “The players now just want to get on with playing football.”

Belfast Telegraph