The incident occurred 10 minutes into the second half. INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Kerry GAA chiefs to investigate 'cowardly' attack on umpire in hurling final

The alleged incident occurred during the senior hurling league division 2 final.

KERRY GAA CHIEFS are investigating claims an umpire was attacked and required hospital treatment during the Kerry IHL Division Two final between Causeway and Lady’s Walk on Sunday.

The game was called off by referee Tony McCarthy 10 minutes into the second half following the incident.

Reports from the game say the official in question was struck with a hurley, but the County Committee are waiting on the referee’s report on the matter.

Attempts by to contact Kerry GAA proved unsuccessful but chairman Patrick O’Sullivan told the Irish Examiner:

“This sort of behaviour is reprehensible and casts a shadow on all our efforts to promote the Association in this county. No umpire, referee or linesman should be subjected to this behaviour, which is nothing short of cowardly in my view.”

This is the second incident involving Kerry hurling in recent weeks with Paul Galvin struck by an official from the other team in last month’s county hurling final in Tralee.

His attacker has since been banned for 48 weeks.

4 GAA club provincial finals in Connacht, Munster and Leinster on the cards this weekend

Finally the Galway hurling championship can continue after Turloughmore’s last appeal fails

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