Stewards intervene at Ferrycarrig Park.
Stewards were forced to intervene when Bray Wanderers 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.
Devlin was targeted by fans who directed verbal abuse in his direction, with reports also suggesting an object was thrown in his direction too.
The veteran manager then approached the fans, and seemed to gesture for those who were abusing him to continue doing so to his face.
This prompted the response from WWE wrestler Finn Balor, who tweeted to simply call the incident “disgraceful”.
Finn Balor on Bray Wanderers incident
It’s difficult to know whether he was more disappointed with the fans’ actions or the response of the manager, or potentially a combination of the two.
Balor, real name Fergal Devitt, is from Bray, and has donated money to the League of Ireland club in the past.
— Finn Bálor (@FinnBalor) May 2, 2022
Devlin is now 69 years of age, and has the difficult task of managing the side after the club underwent a merger with Cabinteely towards the end of last year.
The club “needs transition.”
Speaking back in February, not too long after the merger was confirmed, Devlin said it was going to be a hard job, and insisted this year may not be a successful one.
He said: “I do think it will be successful. Will it be successful this year? I’m not so sure. It needs a little bit of a transition.
“Players need to come together. Fans need to understand that what we’re trying to do is in the best interests of all concerned in the local area. There’s no Cabinteely anymore, there’s no Bray Wanderers, we’re all the one and we need to buy into that.”
Next up for Bray is a home game against Waterford on Friday night.