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Cork City release statement condemning attacks on fans in Derry

There were violent scenes after the Leesiders loss to the Candystripes when “a mob” set upon the travelling supporters following the game.

 The Brandywell in Derry.
The Brandywell in Derry.

CORK CITY HAVE condemned the individuals who attacked a group of supporters after their SSE Airtricity League game against Derry City at the Brandywell.

According to Derry Sinn Fein councillor Patricia Logue, a “mob” of people attacked Cork City supporters outside the stadium after the game, with weapons such as sticks, bottles and stones used during the incident.

Councillor Logue also indicated that she witnessed “hand-to-hand fighting” during the attack, but was keen to praise local residents and business owners who aided the Cork City supporters.

“I live adjacent to the Brandywell stadium and I went outside my home last night to be met with, what I can only describe as, a mob, showing hooliganism behaviour,” Logue told 96fm on Saturday. “It was absolutely disgraceful.

“The Cork supporters were set upon for no other reason than [the fact that] they were Cork supporters and, on behalf of the Brandywell community and indeed Derry City Football Club, I wish to apologise unreservedly for the behaviour of those people last night.”

Cork City have since issued a statement in response to the incident, noting that those responsible “in no way represent” Derry City or their fans.

“The club has been made aware of an incident in Derry last night, where a group of Cork City fans were attacked outside the Brandywell,” the statement read.

The club utterly condemns those involved in the attack, who in no way represent Derry City FC, their supporters or supporters of the League of Ireland in general.

“We would like to thank those locals who came to the assistance of the Cork City fans and Derry City FC for their subsequent assistance.”

Derry came out on top in the game which preceded the attacks, with a Ronan Curtis goal proving the difference between the two sides.

The attack on Cork City supporters comes a week after six people were arrested for violent and destructive behaviour before and during the game between Sligo Rovers and Shamrock Rovers on the opening weekend of the season.


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