Wexford Referee Opens Up About Physical Abuse Incident

Wexford GAA was at the forefront of controversy recently after a referee was allegedly assaulted at a Junior Football game between St Josephs and Our Lady’s Island…

Another Wexford referee, Jimmy Heavey, who was officiating a hurling game last August, has opened up about a different incident to RTÉ Sports journalist, Marty Morrisey.

“I’m shocked. I’m probably still a bit shocked about it to tell you the truth. You go out to do an honest, fair job. You look after two teams the best you can; to keep them safe and to keep them sound to progress onto the final – and then something like this happens,” he said.

The mentor at the centre of the recent controversy has since been handed an indefinite suspension by his local GAA club, while the CCC and the Gardai continue to investigate the matter.

Wexford GAA have been quite proactive with the incident too. They are set to propose potential life-time bans for people who verbally or physically abuse referees in the future.

That’s under a new proposal that they are set to include at the next GAA Central Council Special Congress meeting.

One of Wexford’s finest referees, Dickie Murphy, also had his say:

“Things have to be done. It has to really come from Croke Park (headquarters) in conjunction with the counties. In fairness, if we want to get new referees or retain referees, that’s what we’ll have to do,” Murphy said.

The incident with the named Wexford GAA club was one of a number of nationwide incidents that took place between referees and players/managers over the weekend.

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