Durkan disappointed by Brandywell violence

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Derry’s MP has spoken of his disappointment after violence marred last night’s Derry City v Linfield Setanta Cup clash.

Mark Durkan says there is no place in sport for violence.

His comments come after trouble broke out after Derry’s victory over Linfield.

Eyewitnesses say Linfield fans smashed windows of houses close to the Brandywell while there are also reports of buses being attacked as they left the ground.

“This is all very disappointing. It was great night of football and a great result for Derry City,” Mr Durkan says.

“I am sure the behaviour of these individuals does not reflect the vast majority of Linfield fans.

“I have heard Linfield fans were also attacked. Either way, there is no place for this sort of behaviour in sport.”

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney who attended the match said “The violent scenes witnessed following the Derry City and Linfield match around the Brandywell Stadium have no place in sport and certainly is something that no one wants to see happen again .

“A number of Linfield supporters attacked homes in Southend Park and Brandywell Court , attacked a Derry City official, hurled sectarian abuse at stewards and residents and overturned over security screening. Residents living in the surrounding streets were very worried that this could have spiralled out of control right on their doorstep.

“I would like to commend club stewards and community representatives who worked very hard on the ground to defuse the situation as speedily as possible.

“It has been reported that supporters buses leaving the city were attacked by a small number of children ,that equally is wrong and shouldn’t have taken place.

“What happened on Tuesday night should not be allowed to undermine the excellent work that goes on by everyone involved at Derry City Football Club on a daily basis .”

Police say they are carrying out follow up enquiries in relation to the public disorder.