FORMER Kildare minor football star Paul Cribbin was the victim of an unprovoked attack in the early hours of last Sunday morning (Australian time). He was assaulted in Melbourne following a night out with Collingwood team mate and Down native Caolan Mooney.
The Johnstownbridge man had, just hours before, bid farewell to family, including his father Ray, who flew back to Ireland on Saturday evening.
Cribbin, who had two teeth knocked out in the attack and a bone in his face broken, was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital. He was released soon after and has since received calls of support from former Kerry footballer and Sydney Swans player Tadhg Kennelly and club mate and Down’s star Marty Clarke.
Speaking to the Leinster Leader yesterday (Monday) his father Ray said he is very relieved that his youngest son is going to be okay, however, he is disappointed that his injuries may curtail his progress with the Collingwood first team.
“Thankfully he will be fine. It could have been a lot worse, he could have ended up in a coma. He will be out of action for about four weeks, which is a real pity because he was just starting to make a real impact with the first team,” added Mr Cribbin.
The 19-year-old former St Mary’s Edenderry student left for Melbourne and the Australian Football League in October 2010 after impressing Collingwood scouts.
Police in Melbourne are currently investigating the incident.