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Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers hit with FAI charges after violent clashes between fans

The two SSE Airtricity League clubs will face disciplinary hearings later this week.

Gardai clash with Bohs' fans Scenes at Dalymount Park on Friday night. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

BOHEMIANS AND SHAMROCK Rovers will be charged by the FAI after a number of violent incidents involving supporters during Friday’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game.

The Hoops were 4-0 winners over their Dublin rivals at Dalymount Park but the match was marred by fighting between fans, stewards and Gardaí.

The FAI has decided to issue formal charges against both clubs after reviewing the referee and match delegate reports and they will face disciplinary hearings at FAI headquarters in Abbotstown on Wednesday.

Representatives of the FAI’s Stadia and Security Committee will also meet officials from Bohs, who released a statement condemning the behaviour and this evening sought assistance in identifying the culprits.

“Bohemian FC wish to reiterate our total condemnation of the incidents that interrupted Friday’s Dublin derby with Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park,” their latest statement reads.

“The club has worked tirelessly in recent years to strengthen our relationship with the local community and many community groups in an effort to make Dalymount a welcoming and sociable home for all.

“It is deeply disappointing to the many volunteers of Bohemian FC that a one-off incident of idiocy and thuggery by a tiny minority has overshadowed those efforts.

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“The Jodi Stand, which is the main stand at Dalymount and houses Bohemians fans, was close to a sell-out and we would like to thank our true fans for their continued support and for remaining calm throughout what was a brief but extremely regrettable incident.

“As well as disrupting the game and damaging the image of our proud club, this incident will cost us financially.

“Attempts to identify the individuals involved are ongoing and we will work closely with club members and supporters, our stewarding team, the FAI and An Gardaí Síochana to establish their identities.

“We note today’s indication by the FAI to charge the club for Friday’s incidents and appeal for anyone with footage, photos or any other information that could assist these efforts to come forward and contact the club ( or 01 8680 923).

Anyone identified as engaging in violent acts in the ground will be banned from attending our games.

“Our initial attempts over the past two days to identify culprits suggest that many of those involved are not regular attendees at our games.

“These people do not represent our club or our true support, who are incensed that they would seek to hijack and disrupt the special sporting occasion of a Dublin derby.”

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