DERRY CITY Football Club have confirmed they will meet with the PSNI and local community groups on Wednesday, in attempts to put an end to attacks on supporters’ buses on match days.
The statement follows an attack on three buses carrying Dundalk fans home after their club’s 1-0 victory over Derry City at the Brandywell on Friday night.
The buses had windows smashed by stone-throwers at Foyle Road and one youth was understood to have been struck in the eye by a piece of flying glass during the attack.
“We had additional stewards on for this game and there were no incidents within the Brandywell Stadium,” said a Derry City spokesperson. “Everything passed off peacefully within the ground. The incident happened on the Foyle Road.
“This is a social problem around the area and we will be meeting with the local community groups to see if the problem can be addressed.”
The club are concerned the incident will deter travelling supporters from attending matches at Brandywell Stadium in the future.
“Derry City Football Club condemn the actions of those who attacked the Dundalk buses. And we don’t want visiting supporters to be discouraged about coming to Brandywell in future.
“We’re meeting on Wednesday with the police and local community groups to discuss all the issues surrounding Friday night’s game and to discuss what happened outside the ground.”
Meanwhile Dundalk FC issued a statement this afternoon claiming the Co. Louth club were ‘alarmed’ at the ‘distressing’ events which took place after the match.
We were alarmed at the events that took place after the match and have discussed the issue at length with Derry City FC who have informed us that they are taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again.Dundalk FC spokesperson
‘Everybody at Dundalk FC would like to thank the fans who made the trip to the Brandywell on Friday night,” read the statement. “Stephen Kenny and the team really appreciate the loud passionate support that you provided the lads throughout the match.
“We were alarmed at the events that took place after the match and have discussed the issue at length with Derry City FC who have informed us that they are taking steps to ensure that this does not happen again.
We hope everybody who made the trip home on damaged buses has recovered from what was obviously a distressing incident.”