Football derbies often sum up what is great about the beautiful game. In the last week we saw Liverpool host Everton and Celtic and Rangers clash in Hampden Park for a cup semi-final, and the passion of the players and the crowd was a sight to behold.

But before all this, Shamrock Rovers took on Bohemians in the Dublin derby at Dalymount Park. The game was packed full of incident and Rovers put four magnificent goals past Bohs, but the football was instantly forgotten as tempers boiled over in the stands.

Gardaí and riot police had their hands full as the two sets of fans clashed on the pitch. Although no serious injuries were reported, the scenes were extremely ugly and seen by hundreds of children on the day.

There were stages were the game looked in danger of being abandoned, an although it wasn’t, fans of the League of Ireland were quick to voice their displeasure at the “morons” who spoiled the occasion.

But the real fans of the league are adamant that these people do not represent the majority of fans and only let themselves down, not the league.