Player accused of attack on referee banned for 25 years
MATCH VIOLENCE FOOTBALL LEAGUE HAVE NO COMMENT TO MAKE
THE MAN accused of attacking 66-year-old referee Thomas ‘Tucker’ Dowling has been handed a ‘life’ suspension from playing football in this county.
The Arklow Town player received a 25-year ban from the executive committee of the Wicklow League in what is a clear message of intent aimed at stamping out match violence.
David Whelan, the PRO of Wicklow Football League, said yesterday (Tuesday) that he had no comment to make because he believed a civil action was pending.
Referee Dowling is reportedly considering legal action following the incident which took place in the 75th minute of a Division 2 clash between Enniskerry YC and Arklow Town at Berryfield on Sunday, November 30.
Gardai are still investigating the incident and Superintendent Michael Lernihan said a file would be sent to the DPP.
A spokesperson for Arklow Town Football Club said that it was not club policy to make any comment where a court case is pending.