Footage has emerged of a scuffle between members of An Garda Siochana and Cork City supporters after a ‘Delaney Out’ flag was produced at their League of Ireland game against St Pats.
The Shed End in Turners Cross was boycotted as part of an ongoing protest against the former chief executive of the FAI, John Delaney, as the stand is officially known as the ‘Joe Delaney Stand’ , named after his father.
However, the protests took an ugly turn when Gardai were spotted attempting to forcefully remove the ‘Delaney Out’ flag while a number of City supporters were also removed from the stadium.
It is thought that Sinn Féin TD and former Cork City board member, Jonathan O’Brien, was one of the people removed by Gardai. O’Brien was one of the politicians to grill the FAI delegation at Wednesday’s Oireachtas Committee hearing and called for Delaney’s resignation. His son was also reportedly involved in tonight’s encounter.
A pretty shocking video doing the rounds of Gardai wading into Cork City fans, who had displayed a ‘Delaney Out’ flag.
— Mark McCadden (@markmccadden) April 12, 2019
The Cork City Independent Supporter Liaison Officers have condemned the removal of O’Brien from the stadium through a post on social media.
We unilaterally condemn the forceful ejection of a former Cork City Board member and Chairman from the stadium tonight following a peaceful protest. Please let us not forget our roots @CorkCityFC @FORASTrust . #CCFC84
— CCFC Independent SLO (@CCFC84_SLO) April 12, 2019
The former chief executive refused to answer questions before the Oireachtas Committee earlier this week after seeking legal counsel.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, St Pats equalised in the 90th minute through Dean Clarke following a Graham Cummins penalty for Cork in the first half.