Belfast Telegraph

Three charged after football demo

Three people are to appear in court next month after being charged in connection with a protest which forced the postponement of an Irish league football match.

Saturday's north Belfast derby game between Cliftonville and Crusaders at the latter's Seaview home ground was called off after trouble broke out at a demonstration outside.

Police were attacked with bottles and other missiles after they attempted to break up the picket.

The protest in the predominantly loyalist Shore Road area took place amid long-standing tensions between rival fans related to allegations of misbehaviour at past matches.

Two men - aged 48 and 47 - and a 21-year-old woman were on Sunday charged with public order offences.

All three are accused of disorderly behaviour and assault on police, while the 47-year-old man is additionally charged with a provocative act.

The three were released on police bail.

They will appear at Belfast Magistrates' court on March 13.

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