Sixteen teens arrested after pre-arranged brawl in south Dublin

The fight was said to involve rival football team supporters

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As Irish fans are being praised in France for their good behaviour during Euro 2016, it seems we have a bigger problem closer to home.

It comes as 16 young men were arrested following a brawl in the Ballinteer area of south Dublin.

The fight, which was supposedly pre-arranged on social media, involved up to 100 people.

It is reported the brawl involved a number supporters of a League of Ireland side and a Belfast football club.

A number of missiles including fireworks and flares were thrown during the fight on Brehon Field Road at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Mounted gardaí and the dog unit were involved in bringing the situation under control.

However, The Herald reports that the fighting did not stop then - with one man attacked by youths on two separate occasions outside a petrol station.

The man received treatment for a wound below his eye.

It also reports that customers locked themselves inside the station with staff to avoid the clashes.

There had already been a major police presence in the area for the Stone Roses concert in Marlay Park.

Sixteen men aged 19 and under were arrested but have since been released without charge.

Files are being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).