Referee locked in dressing-room after U14 final in Donegal

September 14, 2018

A referee had to be escorted to the dressing-room during a Donegal underage football final between Naomh / Pettigo and Red Hugh's.

A referee had to be locked in his dressing-room for his own safety after an U14 final in Donegal last weekend.

The match official was confronted by angry supporters after the U14 Division 3 final between Naomh / Pettigo and Red Hugh's in Mountcharles. Naomh Brid / Pettigo won the game, and the referee had to be escorted to the dressing-room amid concerns for his safety after he was verbally abused by what were believed to be Red Hugh's supporters.

According to the Donegal Democrat, which carries the story on its front page, the St. Naul's whistler remained in his dressing-room for up to 20 minutes until the 20-strong group of irate supporters left. The Donegal minor board are expected to launch a full investigation into the incident.

The incident happened on the same weekend that another referee and former Mayo footballer, Eugene McHale, had his dressing-room door kicked a number of times following Saturday's IFC game between Naomh Columba and St. Naul's in Glencolmcille.



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