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Bray Wanderers issue statement after incident in Wexford on Monday

bray fans statement

The club released a statement on Thursday afternoon.

Bray Wanderers FC are working with Gardai following the “disappointing” incident that took place vs Wexford on Sunday.

This comes after stewards were forced to intervene when a section of Bray’s supporters clashed with team manager Pat Devlin during Monday’s game against Wexford.

The game finished in a 1-1 draw after Bray took an early lead, and the Seagulls are now third from bottom in the League of Ireland First Division.

Footage of Devlin’s clash with the fans was shared widely on social media, with it even prompting a response from a WWE wrestler.

Four days on, the club have released a statement, insisting it is attempting to find the “principal perpetrators” involving in causing the clash.

The club is also hiring a Fan Liaison Officer, and is working with the Gardai to eliminated poor behaviour from fans going forward.

bray fans statement

Bray release statement following fan trouble

The statement in full can be read below:

The Club wishes to communicate that it has identified the principal perpetrators and in conjunction with the Gardai will implement steps to eliminate this behaviour. We are committed to delivering a safe and welcoming environment in which every Bray Wanderers supporter can enjoy the game and support the team. The Club is fully supportive of Pat Devlin, his management team and players and acknowledges the great progress that has been made in recent months, across all areas of the club, including academy, community outreach, integration of girls/women’s football and significant improvements to the playing surface at the Carlisle Grounds.

We acknowledge that results during the 2022 season have been frustrating, but we urge supporters to continue to get behind the team as we look to push towards the play-off spots in the second half of the season. We are committed to developing our fan base with a particular emphasis on making families feel welcome and safe.

We are appointing a Fan Liaison Officer and plan to launch a membership program through which match tickets will be acquired. Our door is always open for dialogue with fans who wish to make their point. However, this must be conducted in an adult fashion with mutual respect, openness and above all, the interests of the club at heart.

The Club greatly appreciates the continued support of fans and sponsors and wishes to reassure fans that we are working tirelessly to deliver a safe and enjoyable match day experience for all, and this includes addressing any behaviour which threatens public safety and the safety of staff, players, management and volunteers.

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