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GAA player held over Mark McGovern coma attack is released

Category: Northern Ireland

Published: 13th Sep 2011 16:32:11

San Francisco prosecutors have declined to file charges against the man arrested in connection with an alleged assault which left a Fermanagh GAA player in a coma.

Mark McGovern from Belcoo, was playing for Ulster San Francisco when he was injured during a game with San Francisco Celts on 25 June.

Celts player Patrick Power, 26, was arrested last Thursday.

He has now been released from jail pending further investigation.

Mr Power, of Half Moon Bay, was last month given a 96-week suspension by the San Francisco GAA Competition Control Committee.

Mr McGovern finally came out of a coma on 3 August and his family said he was recovering well.

Medical bills for the Fermanagh man, who was just in San Francisco for the summer, are running in excess of $1m. The Irish community in San Francisco have already begun fundraising efforts.

The Mark McGovern Rehabilitation Fundraising Committee was recently formed to raise funds.

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