Derry GAA star Eoin Bradley has admitted assaulting a referee last August

Derry GAA star Eoin Bradley has admitted assaulting a referee after a quarter final championship match last August.

The 27 year old Glenullin player from Woodland Park in Kilrea admitted one charge of common assault at Limavady Magistrate's Court today
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The court was told that on August 8th last year, police received a report of an assault on a GAA referee by a player after a match. The injured man told police that Bradley had shouldered him, then punched him on the face.

A defence solicitor told the court that remarks had been made during the game which Bradly took personally, and also that he felt that some unfair decisions had been made.

The solicitor said the Glenullin player was still 'pumped up' when he approached the referee after the match.

He said Bradly accepted he had shouldered the man and then words were exchanged. The solicitor said that Bradley had 'never meant it to be a punch' and thought he had pushed the man in the face.

The court was told that Bradly apologised for his actions and added that he had been punished by
the County Board by being banned for six months, causing him to miss the Australian Rules tournament.

District Judge Paul Copeland said that Bradly had brought himself and his sport into disrepute. He bound him over for two years on a bond of £500, and ordered him to pay the referee £500 in compensation.