Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Two held as Linfield fans clash with gardai at Shamrock Rovers match in Dublin

Linfield supporters clash with Gardai
Linfield supporters clash with Gardai
The Union flag is raised by Linfield supporters
The Union flag is raised by Linfield supporters
The Union flag is raised by Linfield supporters
The Union flag is raised by Linfield supporters

Two football fans have been arrested after trouble erupted at a Linfield match in Dublin last night.

The men were held during clashes with gardai at the Setanta Cup tie between Shamrock Rovers and Linfield at the Tallaght Stadium.

A garda was thrown from his horse outside the stadium. The garda was taken to nearby Tallaght Hospital as a precaution. However, his injuries are not believed to be serious.

The violence flared after a section of Linfield supporters managed to run a Union flag up a flag pole inside the ground.

Witnesses said a pocket of the Belfast club's fans clashed with gardai and security as they waited to go home.

Shamrock Rovers supporters had to be cleared from the pitch after a goal from Ciaran Kilduff.

There were also reports of sectarian chanting from both sets of fans throughout the game, which Linfield lost 4-1.

It was the first meeting between Rovers and Linfield since a 1984 European Cup tie.

The teams meet again next Monday at Windsor Park in a clash which is expected to be accompanied by a heavy security operation.

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