Sunday 19 November 2017

Shelbourne express 'disgust and disappointment' with fans over protest

No goals tonight at Eamonn Deacy Park
No goals tonight at Eamonn Deacy Park

David Smith

Shelbourne have expressed their "disgust and disappointment" at the behaviour of their fans in Tolka Park last Saturday.

Shelbourne fans staged a protest over the club's decision to leave Tolka Park, in which flares were thrown on to the pitch and a banner appeared to be set alight.

The club have reacted by issuing a strong statement condemning the fans involved in the protest during the 1-0 home defeat to Waterford United.

"Shelbourne FC would like to express its disgust and disappointment at the actions of those individuals who were involved in the unsavoury incidents which occurred in Tolka Park last Saturday evening," the statement read.

"Peaceful protest is quite acceptable and it should be noted that club personnel did not intervene in the protest while it remained peaceful.

"However, what occurred on Saturday night placed our players, staff, supporters and, most importantly, our young supporters in danger, as well as causing great distress and upset to many of those young fans attending the game."

Shelbourne are set to leave Tolka Park next season and move to a redeveloped Dalymount Park, which they will share with Bohemians.

The supporters are unhappy with how the move has been handled by the club hierarchy and believe that another solution could have been found.

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