Statement from Sligo Rovers Football Club
On behalf of Sligo Rovers I deplore the Saturday night incident on the outskirts of Sligo during which a bus, carrying Limerick FC supporters, was attacked.
This random act of unprovoked and utterly unacceptable violence could have caused serious injury and anyone with information about it should assist the Gardai with their inquiries.
Limerick has a well-deserved reputation as one of the country’s sporting strongholds and it is a wonderful boost for League of Ireland football to have a rejuvenated Limerick FC back in the Premier Division.
The supporters of Limerick FC, like the travelling fans of every visiting club, were welcome guests in Sligo Showgrounds on Saturday and they behaved impeccably at all times during an exciting, evenly-contested game.
I welcome the statement of Limerick FC on its website that Saturday night’s incident was “unrelated in any way to Sligo Rovers football club where our team, management and supporters were welcomed and looked after in exemplary fashion.”
The Limerick FC statement also acknowledged that “Sligo Rovers FC and many others in Sligo went over and above to help find at alternate bus” after the incident.
Sligo Rovers is a community-owned club and its existence and success are determined by the input of volunteers and supporters.
The ethos the club is to provide a family-friendly environment at The Showgrounds, where a welcome is extended to all visitors.
Our club believes in high standards off as well as on-the-field. In recent years the brand of football associated with our team has won widespread admiration but it is equally important that our supporters behave in a way that reflects positively on the club and Sligo.
Any individual whose behaviour undermines the reputation of Sligo Rovers Football Club is not welcome at the Showgrounds.
Already this season Sligo Rovers travelling supporters have been welcomed at the grounds of Glentoran, Derry City and Dundalk while the Showgrounds has hosted visiting supporters from Glentoran, Bray Wanderers and Limerick.
While we compete for points, we are all part of a football family and it is essential for the future of the of League of Ireland that the principle of respect is understood and practiced by supporters of all clubs, Sligo Rovers included.
On behalf of SRFC, I wish to thank the local people who helped the Limerick supporters after Saturday night’s disgraceful incident.
Tony Quinn, Chairman