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Four men arrested in relation to assault on referee after soccer match

The assault occurred at Horseleap, Co. Offaly, on Sunday 11 November after a match between Horseleap and Mullingar Town.

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FOUR MEN HAVE been arrested in relation to an assault on a referee after a soccer match in Westmeath earlier this month. 

Gardaí said they had arrested the four men – two in their 20s, one in his teens and one in his 40s – this morning following investigations into the assault.

The assault occurred at Horseleap, Co. Offaly, on Sunday 11 November after a match between Horseleap and Mullingar Town.

Referee Daniel Sweeney suffered a broken jaw and fractured eye socket when he was attacked after showing a red card during the match.

He underwent a five-hour operation and will spend the next six to eight weeks recovering. 

Following the incident, the FAI handed down 40 year bans to three Mullingar Town players last week. 

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Mullingar Town football club also apologised for the incident, calling what happened “a black day” for the club.

All four suspects are detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984. They are detained at Mullingar, Tullamore and Birr garda stations.

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