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Cork City apologise to fans who were locked out of Turner's Cross

A number of supporters missed last night’s SSE Airtricity League game with Dundalk after the gates were shut temporarily.

Cork's John Kavanagh takes a throw-in last night.
Cork's John Kavanagh takes a throw-in last night.
Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO

CORK CITY SAY they will look to speak to fans who weren’t permitted entrance to Turner’s Cross for last night’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division top of the table clash.

The Leesiders lost out 2-1 to current champions Dundalk thanks to two goals from Lilywhites midfielder Richie Towell. Cork supporters turned up in their droves once again and an official attendance of 6,900 was recorded on the night.

However, a small number of ticket holders were turned away temporarily as the Gardai on duty took precautionary measures to ensure that the ground wasn’t already full.

The gates were reopened minutes later after an assessment was made but some frustrated supporters had already decided to leave. Others expressed their anger on fan forums and social media sites, suggesting that the game had been oversold.

The club has denied that claim and issued an apology for any inconvenience caused.

“Gardaí were concerned that the ground was full and ordered the gates to be shut for safety reasons while they assessed the issue,” Cork City press officer Eanna Buckley told The42.

Once that was done, they accepted the club’s point that the ground wasn’t full and there was still space in the ground.

“People who were outside were let in at that point. We know some people were left waiting outside for a little while and some people chose to leave because they didn’t want to wait outside.

“We’re very sorry for that and we are asking people who were locked outside to get in touch with us so we can address the issue.”

Gardaí made no statement on the matter when contacted by The42.

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