Investigation launched into ‘stoning’ of GAA linesman

Referee Derek Fahy pictured during the Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday last at Pearse Park. Photo: Ray Donlon/www.raydonlon.ie
An investigation has been launched into an incident which occurred during the recent Under-21 Leinster Football Championship quarter-final game between Westmeath and Wexford, which saw stones being thrown at a match official.

An investigation has been launched into an incident which occurred during the recent Under-21 Leinster Football Championship quarter-final game between Westmeath and Wexford, which saw stones being thrown at a match official.

The missiles were thrown at linesman Derek Fahy, a native of Ballymahon, after he consulted with referee Fergal Barry in a situation during extra time which resulted in Westmeath’s Kelvin Reilly being sent off.

Westmeath GAA have confirmed they will carry out their own probe into the matter, while it could also be brought to the attention of the Leinster Council.

“The referee’s report will be reviewed,” said Leinster Council PRO, John Greene.

“If the incident is higlighted, a copy will be sent to Westmeath GAA for their observation and it will be put before our Competitions Control Committee.

“That meeting will take place on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week.”

Mr Greene admitted that Westmeath GAA have made progress in their own investigation, saying, “They have identified the perpetrator using CCTV.”

Speaking of the consequences resulting from the incident, Mr Greene said that, “It is the policy of Leinster Council that these things be taken very seriously – they simply cannot be allowed to happen.

“It is also our policy to deal with incidents like this as severely as we can within the rules laid down by the GAA.”