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GAA player arrested over Mark McGovern coma attack

Mark McGovern
Image caption Mark McGovern was seriously injured during a game in San Francisco in June

San Francisco police have arrested a man over an assault which left Fermanagh GAA player Mark McGovern in a coma.

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

Celts player Patrick Power, 26, was arrested and booked into San Francisco County Jail on Thursday morning.

Mr Power, of Half Moon Bay, has been charged with felony assault.

Last month he was 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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