Police praise ‘impeccable’ Derry FC fans

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Police in Foyle have commended the Derry City FC supporters who attended the Derry City v Crusaders game at the weekend.

Paying tribute to the supporters who travelled to support their team on Saturday, May 12, PSNI Inspector David McFetridge said: “I am delighted to acknowledge the impeccable behaviour from the Derry City supporters at the match on Saturday. They were a credit to themselves, the club, the city and indeed to the sport of football in general. It was a very successful day for football. I would like to thank everyone who attended and for their invaluable assistance”.

Police are also asking members of the public not to take dangerous objects to any sporting events as they compromise public safety.

The warning comes following an incident during the Derry City v Crusaders game on Saturday when a 36 year-old man brought two exploding flare type devices into the supporters’ area.

Derry City FC stewards worked effectively with police and were able to assist police in quickly identifying the man who was subsequently arrested. He has since been released on bail pending further police enquiries, a PSNI spokeswoman said.

“Police would remind people of the dangers of bringing dangerous items to sporting arenas. These types of devices cause serious harm and must not be brought to any type of sporting event,” the spokeswoman added.