Underage game abandoned following racially-motivated incident

League investigating after Abbeyleix say game against Mullingar was halted due to an ‘unsavoury incident’

An underage soccer match was abandoned on Saturday due to what is being described as a racially-motivated incident.

The under-17 match between Abbeyleix AFC and Mullingar Ath B was being held in Abbeyleix on Saturday before it was abandoned.

In a statement, Abbeyleix said the game was called off odd due an “unsavoury incident”.

“Abbeyleix AFC club committee and management are aware of an unsavoury incident in today’s (Saturday) U17 CCFL Summer cup quarter-final resulting in the abandonment of the game.


“We would like to take this opportunity to unreservedly condemn the actions of any person engaging in racial abuse towards Abbeyleix AFC players or indeed towards any persons, whether on or off the field of play.”

It is understood the Combined Counties Football League management are investigating the alleged incident.

A spokesperson for the league, Mick Gorman, said he could not comment on the incident but that what happened "was unfair" and that the matter would be dealt with.

Gorman would not be drawn on whether the alleged racial abuse involved any players, officials or spectators.