Gardaí investigate under-16 hurling match in Cork after it turned into a 'free-for-all'
Players and supporters clashed during the game on Leeside...
A brawl that broke out during an Under-16 hurling championship match in Cork between St Vincent’s and Valley Rovers on Sunday is being investigated by Gardaí after three people were left needing medical assistance and one person needed to stay overnight in hospital.
The Irish Examiner are reporting that the chaos unfolded just after half-time when an altercation on the pitch led to an adult supporter running on the pitch. This in turn, led to what witnesses described as “an appalling free-for-all” involving both adults and teenage players, which left the referee with no choice but to abandon the match.
Three juveniles have since made complaints to gardaí of being assaulted at the match and the authorities are now looking into the matter.
The report also says that Cork GAA County Board sources revealed they were also carrying out their own investigation, which is being carried out by the county board’s disciplinary committee, which will examine the referee’s report.
The investigation will probably take a number of weeks to conclude.
Hat-tip to Irish Examiner.