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Investigation after referee attacked during Dublin schoolboy game

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Attack: Roy Kavanagh
Attack: Roy Kavanagh

An investigation has been launched in an alleged assault on a volunteer match official during a schoolboy soccer game at the weekend.

Roy Kavanagh (22), who officiates at games across the capital almost every weekend, was repeatedly kicked in the stomach and leg during the attack on Saturday. 

The incident occurred towards the end of a Dublin District Schoolboy League under 15s match in the south-west region of Dublin. 

Mr Kavanagh posted graphic pictures of the injuries he suffered on social media, and is urging authorities to investigate the incident. 

The incident was promptly reported the league with the Gardai set to be involved in processing the case which could end up before the courts.

Speaking yesterday, the young official said he is going to continue doing what he loves despite being shaken by the incident. 

"All I do is referee because I have passion for the game and this is my only way of being involved in it. I don't have a car and travel to most games via bus and many times I've walked to and from the like of Terenure and Walkinstown to be there.

"The last thing I expect is to be attacked and assualted for no reason by a manager other than the fact I am a referee. Now I see why so many young lads are reluctant to do this. I just hope the authorities and the league can handle this the right way because nobody should have to put up with what I put with today. 

"I can't believe an adult manager attacked me for no reason at a schoolboy under 15 match that a bunch of fourteen year olds were playing in. I never once hit or tried to hit back and still he kept kicking me, I cant give names because the league and guards need to deal with this the correct way.

"I'm shaken by it there is no point in saying I'm not. As everyone has said and encouraged me to do though why should i let one person stop me doing what i love to do."

It's believed his alleged attacker has been identified and will be appearing before the Dublin District Schoolboy League committee later this week.