Man 'said sorry' after banana thrown at black Premiership footballer in Thomond Park
Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00
A MAN has apologised to gardai who were investigating an alleged incident where a banana was thrown at Manchester City star Gael Clichy.
It happened as Clichy – a French international defender – was playing for the Premier League champions against Limerick in Thomond Park last August.
The player tweeted after the game that a banana was thrown from the crowd on to the pitch.
Kelvin Reynolds (20), of Pinewood Avenue, Caherdavin, Limerick, appeared in Limerick District Court yesterday on two charges arising out of the alleged incident.
He is charged with engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace at Thomond Park stadium in Limerick on August 5 last. He is also charged with assaulting Sergeant Caimin Treacy on the same date.
Judge Eugene O'Kelly heard that Mr Reynolds replied, "I'm sorry" when he was arrested and formally charged by investigating officers.
Mr Reynolds was granted free legal aid.
Judge O'Kelly adjourned the case until April 10.
Mr Reynolds was remanded on continuing bail until his next court appearance, when a plea is expected to be entered or a date fixed for hearing.