Wednesday 24 January 2018

Cork City fans attacked with stones and batons following game away to Derry City Newsdesk Newsdesk

Cork City supporters were forced to seek refuge in homes and businesses after they were set upon by rival supporters following their 1-0 defeat to Derry City at the Brandywell last night.

Teenager Ronan Curtis secured the win for Derry with a goal on the hour mark but the result was blighted by events that transpired after the game had concluded.

Sinn Féin Cllr for Derry, Patricia Logue, witnessed the incident and described how around 150 youths targeted 30-40 with stones and batons.

“This was a very serious situation; a small group of Cork City FC supporters were surrounded on the Brandywell Road by a mob and viciously attacked," she told

“They had to seek refuge in local businesses and homes.

“I would like to commend all those local residents and members of Community Restorative Justice who came to their aid and prevented a number of people from being attacked.

“Those who came into the Brandywell tonight and attacked the Cork supporters do not represent the people of the area or Derry City Football Club.”

A statement released by Cork City read: "The club has been made aware of an incident in Derry last night, where a group of Cork City fans were attacked outside the Brandywell.

"The club utterly condemns those involved in the attack, who in no way represent Derry City FC, their supporters or supporters of the League of Ireland in general.

"We would like to thank those locals who came to the assistance of the Cork City fans and Derry City FC for their subsequent assistance."

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