Player ac­cused of at­tack on ref­eree banned for 25 years

MATCH VI­O­LENCE FOOT­BALL LEAGUE HAVE NO COM­MENT TO MAKE

Bray People - - News - Daniel GOR­MAN

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.

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