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Derry City boss hits out at cruel taunts about son’s eye loss

By Staff Reporter

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has hit out at the horrific abuse his son has endured after fake eyeballs were thrown onto the pitch to mock the player, who lost an eye in an accident.

Dean Shiels from Magherafelt, who plays for Dunfermline, had one eye removed in 2006 following a domestic accident when he was eight.

The former Rangers and Northern Ireland player was subjected to chants from visiting Falkirk fans as his team won 2-0 at East End park on Tuesday. Some fans also threw fake eyes at the player during Tuesday's Championship game.

"He played in the Edinburgh derby and got it there, he got it at St Mirren - he gets it every week," Kenny Shiels said. "But this was premeditated. Someone ... [has gone to buy] eyeballs in a shop.

"It's hard for him. But he's a strong boy and he'll get through it okay."

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