Bohemians condemn "deplorable actions of a tiny minority" after violent fan clash 1 month ago

Bohemians condemn "deplorable actions of a tiny minority" after violent fan clash

The club has vowed to ban any identifiable fans that were involved in the incident at Irishtown on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's FAI Cup final between Bohemians and St. Patrick's Athletic built to an incredibly dramatic finish as St. Pat's lifted the trophy following a nerve-racking penalty shootout.

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Many headlines were generated prior to kick-off, however, as a violent clash took place between fans in Irishtown.

Video of the incident circulated on social media, showing bottles and flares thrown amidst the chaos.

Sports Minister Jack Chambers was among those who condemned the brawl, arguing that both clubs needs to impose sanctions on those involved.

In a statement issued by Bohemian Football Club on Monday evening, the club vowed to ban any identifiable fans that participated in the event.

"37,126 attended Sunday’s game in what was a record-breaking attendance for an FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium, and the highest attendance for any FAI Cup final since 1945. This represents a remarkable step forward for Irish football," the statement began.

"Bohemians had a crowd of circa 18,000 behind our team. This was an unprecedented figure for our club, and both sets of supporters contributed to one of the most electric atmospheres seen at any domestic fixture.

"It is therefore all the more deeply regrettable that the deplorable actions of a tiny minority before the game would take away from that, and tarnish such an occasion between two clubs who have had such an excellent relationship for many years.

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"We condemn the behaviour of this minority unconditionally. Such behaviour has no place in our club. Gardaí are investigating and we will be banning anyone identifiable in footage of the incident.

"As a 100% fan-owned club, our volunteers have worked tirelessly to be a force of good in our communities on many fronts.

"We want to assure our members and supporters that we will not allow the actions of this minority detract from that continued aim."