Monday 23 October 2017

FAI to probe Bray wall collapse

The FAI and Bray Wanderers will today assess the situation that led to a wall collapsing at the Carlisle Grounds for the second time in two seasons, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The incident happened as Monaghan United fans celebrated their 119th-minute goal in last night's dramatic Airtricity League promotion/relegation play-off against Bray Wanderers.

As Don Tierney raced to the visiting support, the surge forward led to 20 metres of the approximately four-foot wall to fall forward and the crowd to spill on to the pitch. No one appeared to be injured, but the match was delayed for five minutes before Bray came back and won the game on penalties.

A different part of the same wall succumbed to pressure during Bray's defeat to Shamrock Rovers in July 2009. At that time the match was delayed for 30 minutes after the Hoops fans celebrating Gary Twigg's goal caused similar damage.

Airtricity League director Fran Gavin was on hand to inspect the damage after the match, but said he would not comment until assessing the incident in full.

The club were also waiting until the morning to review the unfortunate occurrence before commenting, as they celebrated their unlikely Premier Division survival.

The incident once again raises serious concerns about health and safety at the Bray venue, where Bohemians fans held up the last game of last season by tearing up seats from the same stand and throwing them on to the pitch.

Irish Independent

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