The FAI have condemned the attack on a referee that took place over the weekend 8 months ago

The FAI have condemned the attack on a referee that took place over the weekend

The incident took place in Offaly on Sunday.

A referee was left badly injured at the end of a match between Horseleap FC and Mullingar Town FC that took place in Offaly at the weekend.

He was taken to Midlands Regional Hospital where his condition has been described as not life threatening.

He has however sustained a broken jaw and an eye socket injury as a result of a disturbance that broke out in the car park of a football ground in Horseleap.

The FAI have released a statement in which they condemned the actions that took place after the game.

Their statement was posted on Twitter, which read: "The FAI would like to state that it does not condone any abuse - verbal or physical - towards match officials and takes such attacks very seriously. An Garda Síochána are currently investigating a recent incident and the Association will support that in any way it can."

The incident has also been condemned by representative groups for referees and players, with the Irish Soccer Referees Society saying in a statement: "We wish our friend and colleague from the Midland Branch a speedy recovery following a vicious assault that was perpetrated on him today at a game.

"He has our full support at this difficult time. Our Society President, Paul O'Brien has been in touch with the referee tonight as he awaits surgery for his injuries."