Two GAA officials left unconscious

GAA bosses in County Tyrone are set to hold a full scale investigation a referee and a senior county official were knocked unconscious after violence erupted at the end of a ladies football final.

Simon Brady, 43, was punched by a supporter, while Tyrone ladies football chairman Martin Conway also had to be helped off the pitch after he was assaulted on Friday night.

Speaking in the Irish News, Mr Brady said: “I was checking my score card to make sure everything was in order. I got a tap on the shoulder from one of the managers wanting to shake my hand and that is the last thing I remember. Apparently I was hit. My understanding is that it was a spectator. I woke up maybe five minutes later. I was frightened. I didn’t know what had happened. All I knew was I was lying on the ground and it was wet and cold. I wasn’t even aware Martin Conway had been hit by another individual when he came to help me.”

“It is absolutely shameful that this sort of thing has happened. I give up my time freely to officiate at these games. I am a volunteer in what is a pretty tough job and one that can feel very lonely at times. There’s a lot of shock. I believe it is the most serious incident that has ever happened, at least in Tyrone football.”

The Tyrone Ladies Gaelic Football Association issued a brief statement saying: “The county board roundly condemn the perpetrators of the assaults.”

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