Derry City meeting in bid to stop attacks on supporters’ buses

Three buses carrying Dundalk fans were attacked
Three buses carrying Dundalk fans were attacked

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 at the Brandywell on Friday night.

The attacks happened in Foyle Road after the game

The attacks happened in Foyle Road after the game

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.

“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 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.”

Meanwhile, Dundalk FC said the club was “alarmed” at the “distressing” events which took place after the match.

A statement said: “We hope everybody who made the trip home on damaged buses has recovered from what was obviously a distressing incident.”