Monday 11 December 2017

Young garda attacked by fans at Ireland v Poland match

A match official lifts a flare from the pitch
A match official lifts a flare from the pitch

A YOUNG garda was attacked by Polish football hooligans at the Republic of Ireland Euro 2016 match on Sunday.

The officer, who is based at Irishtown Garda Station, was on duty in the away section of the Aviva Stadium when the incident occurred during the Irish teams 1-1 draw with Poland.

It’s believed that the Garda spotted a fan lighting a flare and confronted them.

He was then dragged into the crowd and received a savage beating.   

The garda was thrown to the ground and repeatedly punched in the head, according to a report in the Irish Sun.

A source said he was “lucky” that he didn’t suffer a serious injury.

Ahead of the match there were fears that Polish neo-Nazi skinhead gangs would cause trouble.

Gardai were concerned at the links between them and their British counterparts, Combat 18, who were behind the infamous 1995 riot at the Lansdowne Road venue in which 20 people were injured.

There is no suggestion that the attack on the garda was linked to such groups and, aside from that incident, the match went off peacefully.

The draw – secured by a goal from Shane Long in the dying minutes of the game – means that Ireland are still in with a chance of qualifying for next year’s tournament in France.

Poland are in a strong position at the top of the group.


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