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Drogheda ban over 20 fans for hooliganism

DROGHEDA UNITED have issued bans, including some life bans, to more than 20 supporters in response to last Saturday's disgraceful scenes in Sligo, writes DANIEL McDONNELL.

Their clash at the Showgrounds was marred by the behaviour of visiting fans, which came to a head in a pitch invasion after a Sligo Rovers goal. That resulted in a steward being knocked to the ground and home player Ross Gaynor being sent off for reacting to being attacked.

There were disturbances reported around the ground before the game and, after examining photographic evidence and consulting other members of their own support, the Boynesiders' hierarchy have taken action. Previous offences were taken into consideration.

"Following scenes of hooliganism and the total disregard shown for both Drogheda United and Sligo Rovers clubs, supporters and security staff last Saturday night in Sligo, the board of management of Drogheda United has today issued bans to over 20 individuals. Some will be life bans while others will be season-long bans," read a club statement. "Some of these bans have been issued on the basis of Saturday night's activities alone whilst others have been issued on the basis of repeated past offences as well as the offences of Saturday night.

"We cannot fix the wrongs that were done in Sligo last week but we believe taking the decision to prevent the offenders from coming to matches will create a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all supporters of Drogheda United and for the League of Ireland in general."

Irish Independent