Disturbances after the Newry City AFC and Portadown FC  game at the Showgrounds in Newry have resulted in two people needing medical treatment. One of those injured was the father of Newry Councillor Valerie Harte. The incident followed the game which ended 0:0.

Commenting on the disturbances Newry City Cllr Valerie Harte said that there was no place in sport  for criminal thuggery.

The Newry Mourne & Down Councillor whose father was one of those injured said "Newry City Football Club and those involved with it have worked hard to ensure that it is welcoming sports club, open to all. My father and all who follow it are proud of the Clubs achievements. It is disappointing that this criminal thuggery inflicted on him and other supporters last night occurred. There is no place for thuggery  in sport. I fully expect the PSNI and the relative authorities to investigate this incident, identify those involved and ensure they face the full rigours of the law. Finally I would like to thank those who aided my father after he was injured"

Police received a report of a disturbance at Newry Showgrounds last night Friday 20 April just before 10pm. 

Sergeant Michael Gallagher added: “We are currently investigating an incident which occurred following a football match between Newry City AFC and Portadown Football club.

“We received a report that a number of vehicles had been damaged in the Showgrounds’ car park and that one man had been injured with a bottle. Another man was reported to have been injured in a fall from the roof of a car.

“The NI Ambulance Service also attended and treated one person at the scene. Another was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not thought to be life-threatening at this time.

“Police will be working alongside both football clubs with the aim of identifying those involved. If you believe you can assist us with our enquiries, please contact 101 and quote reference number 1679 of 20/4/18.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Speaking after the incident a Newry City AFC spokesperson added "Newry City AFC unequivocally condemn the disgraceful scenes witnessed at The Showgrounds last night. They have no place in football and we will be working closely with the relevant authorities to identify those involved."


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