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Irish Footballer Remains in Coma



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    Mark McGovern, from Ireland, was seriously injured during a Gaelic football game Saturday on Treasure Island.

    Police are investigating an incident that happened during a game of Gaelic football Saturday, on Treasure Island.

    Mark McGovern, a 22-year-old Irishman, who was participating in a football match, was injured in an off-the-ball incident, during the second half of the game, reports the Examiner.

    McGovern arrived in the Area last week, to play for Ulster of the San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association.

    Coach Joe Duffy of Ulster said they had identified another player involved in the incident.

    Officer Albie Esparanza of the SFPD, said Wednesday that McGovern's teammates noticed he was on the ground with American players on the Celts, the opposing team, over him.

    One of the Ulster players told police at the scene that he'd heard an opposing player say, "You won't get up from that."

    No arrests have been made, but police are interviewing players.

    McGovern's Irish team, Belcoo O'Rahilly's said in a statement, that the young footballer was “exceptionally talented” and “the entire community is very saddened and concerned for Mark,”

    McGovern's family has flown in from Ireland to be with him as he recovers.

    His condition has improved but remains in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital.