Gardaí have confirmed they are carrying out inquiries into an alleged assault on a Wexford GAA referee.

The alleged assault on the referee took place at the end of a Wexford GAA Junior A football match between St Joseph's and Our Lady’s Island on Sunday morning.

The incident took place at Whiterock Hill, the home venue of Wexford town club St Joseph's.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio's News at One, Wexford GAA chairman Michael Martin confirmed that the referee had not been seriously injured.

"The positive news is that there is no serious issue," he said. "He is shaken, obviously, [but] is recovering at home."

On the same programme, Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers, said match officials "need to be protected and respected" and that the department had asked Sport Ireland to engage with governing bodies on the issue.

"We have had a couple of incidents in the last number of weeks that have shocked people and we have to ensure that it is stamped out of our games," he said.

Wexford GAA had said in a statement on Sunday that it "strongly condemns" abuse towards match officials.

"Wexford GAA are disappointed that such an incident arose and strongly condemns any threatening or abusive behaviour towards our match officials of any kind," it said.

It said it "would like to wish the officials involved in this incident a speedy recovery".

The Competitions Control Committee of the Wexford county board will "commence a full investigation into the incident".

Wexford GAA said it will also support garda inquires.