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GREAT BALLS OF FIRE; Cllr wins pounds 9k damages after lime powder burns his privates in FAI game.

Byline: By KATE HEANEY

A COUNCILLOR who suffered severe burning to his scrotum after a game of soccer was awarded EUR9,000 in damages yesterday.

Independent Fianna Fail man Dessie Larkin sued the Football Association of Ireland for a very personal injury he sustained 13 years ago.

Mr Larkin, pictured, who is chairman of Donegal County Council, was left in agony after his privates came into contact with lime used to line a pitch.

He told a court how he still gets a burning sensation in the injured area when walking.

There were no showers at the Donegal ground where he was playing for Bonagee Celtic in an FAI Junior Cup match on October 3, 1993.

Making the award, Judge Dearbhla Flanagan said: "Had Mr Larkin been in a position to shower and remove the lime, he might not have suffered the injury. The onus was on the defendants to ensure players be warned to take precautions to prevent this."

The Circuit Court heard how Mr Larkin took off his clothes after the match to find "white stuff like Alka Selzter" in his shorts.

His skin had become red and he was later in discomfort. Mr Larkin's wife Mary told the court her husband was forced to take painkillers and the next day his shorts stuck to the area.

He visited a doctor who gave him morphine and admitted him to hospital.

A consultant dermatologist later said Mr Larkin suffered a caustic burn.

The match referee said the pitch was usually marked with lime and water the day before a game but on this occasion it was lined two hours before kick-off.
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