Footballer boxed spectator after being ‘tripped’ during match

Cialan O'Mahony
Cialan O'Mahony

A footballer who says he was tripped during a football match punched a spectator in a fit of rage.

The court heard that 26-year-old Cialan O’Mahony attacked the victim after falling over the man’s leg during a soccer match between Lucan side Beech Park FC and Chapelizod FC.

Mr O’Mahony admitted the assault but was left without a conviction by Judge David McHugh who remarked that there had been “a certain amount of provocation”.

The judge applied the Probation of Offenders Act.

Sgt Mary Doherty told the court that the victim was punched on the right cheek and knocked to the ground as he stood on the sideline.

The victim suffered facial injuries and received two stiches.

O’Mahony’s barrister told the court that his client had been dribbling the ball down the sideline when the victim “stuck out his foot and tripped Mr O’Mahony.

There were words between the two and, “in a moment of rage”, the accused struck the victim once.

Judge McHugh said he was satisfied that the assault happened in the heat of the moment and there was a “certain amount of provocation.”