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.
— Scottish Sun Sport (@scotsunsport) April 17, 2016
Nobody enjoys celebrating a goal more than Adam Lallana… pic.twitter.com/zKQoP5dAp4
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 20, 2016
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.
Dalymount royal rumble Bohs and rovers pic.twitter.com/D7mL3Jg3J4
— Dan Hayes (@Hazer32) April 15, 2016
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.
Well done to the morons fighting on the Dalymount pitch. Now every club wIll have to foot the bill for extra Gardai when Bohs & Rovers visit
— John O'Sullivan (@johngosullivan) April 15, 2016
Bohs fan gets onto pitch, straight over to Rovers end. Rovers fan gets on and two box the head off each other. Fair few from Jodi pile in
— Paul O'Hehir (@paulohehir) April 15, 2016
Crowd trouble now. Stupid stuff. A couple of Bohs fans run over to Rovers end, few of theirs come out and then more get involved.
— Neil O'Riordan (@noriordan) April 15, 2016
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.
Them lads that went fighting at rovers v bohs game are not fans, Scumbags of the highest order, went to that game for a scrap. Hash tag
— Barry Ryan (@BazzzaRyan) April 15, 2016
Seen clips of Bohs/Rovers "trouble". Mostly eejits wanting to be on the pitch.
Much more worried by regular "on pitch" rugby/GAA violence.
— Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh (@Ciaran_O) April 16, 2016
Looking at Bohs-Rovers attempt at crowd trouble. Like many aspects of LOI, bunch of half-arsed morons no one cares/will care about. Applause
— Ewan MacKenna (@EwanMacKenna) April 16, 2016