Lifetime bans will be handed down to Cork City FC fans who sang 'disgusting' chants about Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley's son, who is battling leukaemia.
The incident happened in a pub following a match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers on Friday.
Cork City FC wish to unreservedly condemn the actions of a handful of individuals who directed disgusting abuse at Shamrock Rovers Manager Stephen Bradley from outside the stadium shortly after tonight’s match.
The club will work with all relevant authorities to identify those…
— Cork City FC (@CorkCityFC) May 26, 2023
Cork City FC has said it "unreservedly" condemns the actions of a handful of individuals who directed "disgusting abuse at Shamrock Rovers Manager Stephen Bradley from outside the stadium" shortly after Friday's match.
"The club will work with all relevant authorities to identify those involved and take the appropriate action against those involved," it said.
"On behalf of the club, we wish to apologise to Mr Bradley for the actions of these individuals".
The owner of Cork City FC, Dermot Usher, told Newstalk Breakfast he is hugely disappointed.
"I just can't believe that people think it's OK to actually chant the things that these guys said," he said.
"For us as a club, we're a family club, we're trying to attract new fans to come and support the team.
"It's not the look that we want - certainly we as a club would apologise unreservedly towards Stephen and his family.
"I met him yesterday, we'd a quick chat about it - it's just not good enough".
Mr Usher said these people identified are to be banned for life.
"Two people have been identified, two people have admitted to their wrongs," he said.
"These two guys are going to get lifetime bans".
Mr Usher has thanked everyone involved, including the pub owner and other witnesses to the incident.
"I think the behaviour of everybody around the whole thing has been really strong," he added.
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