Thursday 30 March 2017

'We have footage of supporters with crowbars': Cobh boss claims fans hid weapons in car before violent post-match brawl

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Cobh Ramblers manager Stephen Henderson has said that his club are assisting the Gardai after violence broke out among supporters following a game against Drogheda last weekend.

Cobh hosted the Airtricity League playoff first leg last Saturday, but the game - which Drogheda won 2-0 - was marred by ugly post-match scenes that saw fans clash outside the ground.

An eight minute video uploaded to social media saw stones thrown, punches exchanged and even some weapons used.

Video - Shocking scenes after Cobh and Drogheda's Airtricity League playoff as rival fans engage in mass brawl  

Speaking on Red FM today, Cobh boss Henderson condemned the attacks while also claiming that the fights were instigated by a small number of fans who attended the match, and that some supporters stashed weapons in a car to use afterwards.

"There was a core group of between ten to fifteen people who came in before the end of the game that started inciting the Drogheda crowd," Henderson told The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM.

"The Drogheda crowd were already fighting with each other. We do have footage of Drogheda supporters running around with crowbars and iron bars and stuff like that. We do have that evidence.

"There are photographs circulating that they had a car outside the ground with all that stuff in it. I'm probably saying too much as it is. They came prepared. They were fighting amongst themselves."

The second leg is due to take play in Drogheda this Friday but Henderson is urging Cobh fans to stay away in case there is further violence.

"We will not be running a bus to it,"  Henderson said.

"We are telling Cobh Ramblers fans to stay away.

"This [the brawl] is disgusting. We don't want to see this at any Cobh Ramblers match and we don't want to see this at any football match."

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