Cup match ends with players fighting with fans in the stands over in Northern Ireland and footage uploaded onto social media has been going viral.
Warrenpoint vs Ballymena United in the #IrishCup ended with players fighting with the crowd ?
— Laurie Hanna (@LaurieHanna) February 1, 2020
Warrenpoint goalkeeper Mark Byrne got involved with spectators during the remaining minutes of the game before getting sent off, it also saw a fence collapse and fans spill onto the field.
The incident happened shortly after Andy McGrory’s winning goal, the situation was diffused abd then the referee blew for full time.
The melee comes just one day after the Northern Ireland Football League released a statement highlighting fan behaviour.
12 Irish Premiership clubs agreed to take action to prevent the recent rise in alleged incidents of “unacceptable spectator behaviour”.
Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray says the incident: “…was not a good advert for football in Northern Ireland.”
“None of us want to see scenes like that in any shape or form. This is a family orientated club and a safe club,” added Gray.
“Today we are hoping that this unique situation can be resolved and if there is punishment to be handed out then it is done accordingly.
“Hopefully we will never see scenes like this again, and this is a stark lesson for everyone involved that there is no place in football for this.
“Like everyone, I saw lots of people coming together, but I couldn’t see why or how,” added Ballymena United manager David Jeffrey.
“My only concern was my own players and I wanted them to make sure that they were safe, get things calmed down and very quickly that happened.”
After seeing a cup match ends with players fighting with fans, social media users gave their reaction to it…
No19 for Ballymena ?
— Colin Brown⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@ColinBrown31) February 1, 2020
Keeper subjected to secterian abuse and his parents were abuse as they stood behind the goal encouraging him he went to save them as they were being abused shameful from away supporters
— coffeetime dundalk (@stevymcmullan) February 1, 2020
Just seen it on WhatsApp unreal ?? serious fines there haha
— Steven McAvoy (@mcavoy89) February 1, 2020
The good old days
— jamie garrett (@JasgarrettJamie) February 1, 2020
@StevenBeacom5 Warrenpoint keeper should be expelled from all football after spitting out at the Ballymena fans and then jumping the fence to assault them along with his father… a club with no class @thepointfc
— Jonny Crooks (@CrooksJonathan) February 1, 2020
Fully support the Warrenpoint keeper going after Ballymena fans. Scumbags attacking his dad ? what kind of fucking animals do that? Ballymena folk brought up wrong
— Georgia Longmore (@georgialxxx) February 1, 2020
Ballymena fans trying to put the full blame on the keeper and warrenpoint. Something has clearly happened that had made the lad react the way he did
— Adrian Drake ? (@adriandrake) February 1, 2020
— Ryan Mc (@RMcAuley1) February 1, 2020
Classic Irish league
— Stu Magill (@stumagill) February 1, 2020
Unbelievable scenes at Warrenpoint v Ballymena Irish Cup tie…Warrenpoint keeper Mark Byrne appeared to jump into the Ballymena fans late in the game and a massive skirmish behind the goal took place before other players broke it up…possibly a Cantona moment…more to follow
— Steven Beacom (@StevenBeacom5) February 1, 2020
Fair play to that keeper. Listening to all those sheep shagging cun#s behind him slabbering would do the same yourself @cheesy1981
— G D Fellowes (@GDFellowes) February 1, 2020