Derry City director forced to “run for his life”

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A Derry City director “had to run for his life” after attempting to intervene with rival supporters after the Derry City v Linfield Setanta Cup match on Tuesday night.

Derry City FC Director, Tony O’Doherty, claims that fellow club director, Martin Mullan, was forced to flee after attempting to intervene as violence flared at the end of the game.

“Martin literally had to run for his life,” he said. “It was a scandalous situation and one I never hope to see again at a football ground.

“I want to stress that it was a number of Linfield fans, it was not all the Linfield fans and some of the Linfield fans were going home on those buses absolutely disgusted at the attitudes of others.”

An elaborate security operation took place before the game with Linfield fans not allowed into the Brandywell stadium until moments before the kick-off.

A quantity of alcohol was also seized by police from some buses before the game.

One man was arrested following the disturbances at the Brandywell.

Eyewitnesses claimed that a small number of Linfield fans had smashed windows of private houses in the Brandywell area as Blues fans made their way out of the ground following the 3-1 defeat.

There were also reports that at least one bus carrying Linfield supporters had windows smashed by local youths.

Police said a number of missiles were thrown during the match.

They also confirmed a number of homes had been attacked and that missiles were thrown at buses as they travelled along the Letterkenny Road, with damage caused to two of the buses.

Police said a segregation wall at Southend Park is believed to have been damaged by Linfield as fans as they were being escorted out of the stadium.