Police called after Institute's clash at Dungannon Swifts

Police were called after Dungannon Swifts and Institute players clashed after the final whistle, at Stangmore Park, this afternoon.

Saturday, 21st December 2019, 8:15 pm
Dungannon Swifts' skipper Seanan Clucas was one of three players red carded after the final whistle against Institute, on Saturday.

Referee Tony Clarke, who had sent-off Douglas Wilson during the second half, red carded Institute pair Gareth Brown and Niall Grace and Dungannon Swifts captain Seanan Clucas, following a melee as both sets of players were walking off the pitch.

After the game Brown had to receive treatment from Institute's physio Ruairi Lynch, before he spoke to the PSNI.

Neither Swifts manager Kris Lindsay nor 'Stute boss Sean Connor really saw the incident at the final whistle.

"There was a wee bit of melee coming afterwards and unfortunately we have had another player sent-off and again that's going to cost us over the next few games," stated Lindsay.

As for Connor wants answer to why his players were dismissed during the scuffle when both teams were leaving the pitch.

"To be honest I was already in the changing room and I came out and maybe it was handbags at five paces, I don't know," explained the 'Stute boss.

"There was too many people involved trying to stop something, instead of just getting away. I have been informed that they have been sent-off, but I don't know the reason's why, but the only thing I do know is that Gareth Brown has a very bad nose injury."