Pre-match clashes in city centre between Bohs and Rovers fans

TheJournal.ie

Updated 23.45pm

THERE WERE CLASHES between as many as 70 Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians fans before tonight’s match.

The incident took place at Dorset Street area at Caufield’s Hotel.

According to FM104 Sport reporter Darren Cleary, who was passing by the scene:

About 50 fans from one side descended on Caulfields hotel and smashed their way into it.

He said around ten or twenty supporters of the opposing side came out of the hotel to respond to the men.

“The went into a mil. There was about 70 people involved at the height”.

Cleary said that fans were outside the pub armed with bottles, glasses and chairs.

He said that two gardaí on bikes had arrived at the scene shortly after it happened, and that around half of the men had “taken off running” again, away from the hotel.

Another witness said that it was a “very bad disturbance”. They said the fight happened outside many people’s houses, some elderly, with many afraid their windows would be smashed in.

It’s believed there was considerable damage caused to hotel property.

The gardaí said no arrests were made and described it as a “minor public order disturbance”. They said that llike any match situation where there are large crowds gardaí will  be on patrol, adding that roads are now open.

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Window smashed at Caufield’s Hotel.

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Chair used in clashes between fans

(all images courtesy of @RadioCleary)

Additional reporting Daragh Brophy

First published 19.47pm.

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