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GAA player held over Mark McGovern coma attack is released

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

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

Patrick Power, 26, was arrested last week on suspicion of assault of the gaelic footballer Mark McGovern.

He has now been released from jail. Investigations are ongoing.

Mr McGovern, from Belcoo, suffered severe brain trauma in an off-the-ball incident during a match in California.

He was playing for Ulster San Francisco when he was injured during a game with San Francisco Celts on 25 June.

Celts player, Mr Power, of Half Moon Bay, was arrested last Thursday.

Last month, he was given a 96-week suspension by the San Francisco GAA Competition Control Committee.

A spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office in San Francisco said it had declined to file charges against Mr Power pending further investigation.

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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