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Video: Portadown slaps lifetime ban on rioting fans at Newry football match

Portadown FC has announced a number of people involved in a violent incident at a match with Newry City FC have been hit with lifetime bans.

The incident happened at the Newry Showgrounds on Friday evening and involved supporters from both clubs.

The father of Sinn Fein representative Valerie Harte was injured during the altercation, with the councillor branding those involved "criminal thugs".

Shocking footage of the clash shows fighting between around half a dozen men, with a steward attempting to come between them.

At one point one of the rioters can be seen picking up what appears to be part of a goal frame and using it as a weapon.

Two people required treatment for injuries following the ugly confrontation at the end of a Bluefin Sport Championship fixture.

In a statement posted to the Twitter page of Portadown FC on Tuesday, the club's board of directors said: "Whilst we feel that the safety management arrangement were less than satisfactory during and after the game, and have concerns with the manner in how the incident was handled, this in now way excuses the type of behaviour witnessed between both sets of supporters."

It stated they had identified a number of those involved, and had issued them with lifetime bans from Shamrock Park, Portadown FC's homeground.

It said it is working to identify the remaining individuals involved, and would be issuing them with lifetime bans once they had done so.

"This type of behaviour has no place in sport, and Portadown FC has, and will continue to work very hard with supporters groups and the authorities to help eradicate unacceptable behaviour by anyone associated with Portadown FC," the board of directors statement added.

"We issue our heartfelt sympathy to anyone affected in the aftermath of the game."

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