Need for referee protection is highlighted after substantial bans


Football clubs will be responsible for making sure the lengthy bans imposed on three players involved in a referee assault, are enforced.
Three Mullingar Town players have been banned from the sport for 40 years, following a post-match incident in Offaly which left Donegal born referee Daniel Sweeney with serious facial injuries.
A spectator also involved – who already had a life-ban from playing – won’t be allowed coach, manage or be part of a club committee.
Paul O’Brien – President of the Irish Soccer Referees Society – says it’s up to clubs to enforce the bans………..

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