Waterford and Cork await punishment over brawl
Waterford and Cork City must wait on the referee's report before learning what punishments they can expect for the chaotic row at the end of Friday night's dramatic encounter at the RSC.
Referee Rob Rogers dismissed four players and managers John Caulfield and Alan Reynolds after a row that erupted in the dying seconds of Waterford's 2-1 win. Waterford's Bastian Hery and Stanley Aborah were sent off along with Cork's Garry Buckley and Steven Beattie. Man of the match Aborah had already been taken off before he got involved in the melee, while Beattie was an unused sub.
The flare-up started when Waterford tried to waste time when the ball went into their dugout area as Cork prepared to take a throw. That kicked off a bout of pushing and shoving, and Hery then dribbled the ball back onto the pitch where he was approached by Caulfield. The French midfielder pushed the Cork boss to the ground and that prompted a mini-brawl involving players and staff from both sides.
Aborah appeared to be dismissed for a second incident where he approached Buckley as he was walking towards the tunnel. He then had to be restrained as he lashed out at the decision. Rogers will submit his report over the weekend and the clubs will then be informed of sanctions by the FAI before considering any appeals.
Caulfield acknowledged that he was in the wrong for going onto the pitch. "In fairness to the referee, he said, 'You came onto the pitch to retrieve the ball'. I only went a yard in to maybe speed it up, but he said he had no choice," he said. "That's fine, I can deal with that. The bigger picture is that things got a bit ugly and they shouldn't have. We'll have to review it ourselves, but it was disappointing. We're disappointed some of our lads got involved. It was unfortunate."
Reynolds said: "We don't need that at the end. Tempers flared, it's a Munster derby, there was three points at stake and 30 people who really care. It is something we could do without."
Waterford's victory maintained their perfect home record on their return to the top flight. They leapfrogged Cork to go level on points with Dundalk, who top the table on goal difference
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