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GAA thuggery: Off-duty detective was beaten unconscious as he tried to protect a referee

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Probe launched as garda is beaten unconscious in brawl at minor GAA game - Independent.ie



Det Gda O'Neill, a member of the Shamrock Gaels club, was among a number of people who went to escort Mr Hynes from the pitch as he was being verbally abused.

The referee, from the St Michael's club, escaped injury but the garda was allegedly punched.

After he fell to the ground it is alleged he was kicked repeatedly in the head, suffering a nasty ear injury. He also lost consciousness for a time.
Really disgraceful stuff. Unfortunately this is not uncommon in GAA or other sports in Ireland.


<Mod> This thread has been merged with "GAA thuggery Part 2: Father of underage player left unconscious in large brawl". </Mod>

<Mod> This thread has been merged with "GAA Thuggery Part 3: Garda probe as teen's leg is broken in 'sickening GAA match attack'". </Mod>
 
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People involved need to be charged and dealt with severely. Amount of casual violence is getting beyond a joke at this stage.
 

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GAA thuggery--this thread comment is not justified and is misleading.
I am not a great fan of the GAA but they cannot be held responsible for the activities of a very small number of fans.
In fairnessI think this thread should be zooed
 

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GAA thuggery--this thread comment is not justified and is misleading.
I am not a great fan of the GAA but they cannot be held responsible for the activities of a very small number of fans.
In fairnessI think this thread should be zooed
They have a poor record when it comes to disciplinary procedures.

Article from 1999.

As the GAA prepares for the new millennium, it finds itself under siege on several fronts. Several recent instances of lack of discipline have put the association under strict scrutiny.
In some cases this scrutiny seems to be mere begrudgery. Admittedly, when a referee is struck by a team manager, when a player is sent to prison for assaulting an opponent or when a player leaving the field has his jaw broken by an opponent, it is only just that ordinary people ask questions such as: "How can this happen in the name of sport?". Their question is valid and requires an answer.

http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/discipline-not-just-a-gaa-problem-1.174950
 

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They have a poor record when it comes to disciplinary procedures.

Article from 1999.

As the GAA prepares for the new millennium, it finds itself under siege on several fronts. Several recent instances of lack of discipline have put the association under strict scrutiny.
In some cases this scrutiny seems to be mere begrudgery. Admittedly, when a referee is struck by a team manager, when a player is sent to prison for assaulting an opponent or when a player leaving the field has his jaw broken by an opponent, it is only just that ordinary people ask questions such as: "How can this happen in the name of sport?". Their question is valid and requires an answer.

Discipline not just a GAA problem
This still does not justify calling this outrage GAA thuggery
 

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This still does not justify calling this outrage GAA thuggery
Perhaps but it is thuggery at events they organise and carried out by people associated with clubs who are members. It's not as if they don't allow it to be talked up as some kind of primeval battle. Arrests for those involved but throw the book at the club as well with competition bans and up and including withdrawing funding.
 

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Sher it was only a smozzle.

The GAA jocks are allowed assault each other on the pitch, woe be tied anyone who might bump into the jocks out celebrating "bating de udder parish, ye boy" just don't bump into them.

or you too will end up in a smozzle!
 

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A game of GAA is thuggery. Football that is, the only game is the small ball game. the rest is for fat thighed farmers sons
 

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Nit picking ....

Is there a problem of violence associated with the GAA?

Yes.

That needs to be addressed, just as the problem of soccer thuggery had to be addressed.
It's not nitpicking. The title suggests that the problem is association wide. It isn't.

Yes there are problems, and I would expect the association to issue life bans in this instance, whilst criminal charges should also ensue.
 

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8 minutes of extra time. How can that be justified in a game that only last 70 minutes.
Indeed, the ref should have been assaulted after 5 minutes...
 

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8 minutes of extra time. How can that be justified in a game that only last 70 minutes.
60. It was an underage match, which makes it worse.

Who knows? Injuries, lots of stoppages, biased referee. All possibilities.
 

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8 minutes of extra time. How can that be justified in a game that only last 70 minutes.
12 substitutions in the second half, with fixed time being allowed per sub. There was presumably some other incident that caused the extra couple of minutes.

Once way or another, the length of time doesn't justify what happened!
 

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It's not nitpicking. The title suggests that the problem is association wide. It isn't.

Yes there are problems, and I would expect the association to issue life bans in this instance, whilst criminal charges should also ensue.
So it's not a problem but there are problems, and you expect the association to issue life bans for something that isn't there problem...
 

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