Water­ford and Cork await pun­ish­ment over brawl

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SOCCER - DANIEL McDON­NELL

WATER­FORD and Cork City must wait on the ref­eree’s re­port be­fore learn­ing what pun­ish­ments they can ex­pect for the chaotic row at the end of Fri­day night’s dra­matic en­counter at the RSC.

Ref­eree Rob Rogers dis­missed four play­ers and man­agers John Caulfield and Alan Reynolds af­ter a row that erupted in the dy­ing sec­onds of Water­ford’s 2-1 win. Water­ford’s Bas­tian Hery and Stan­ley Ab­o­rah were sent off along with Cork’s Garry Buckley and Steven Beattie. Man of the match Ab­o­rah had al­ready been taken off be­fore he got in­volved in the melee, while Beattie was an un­used sub.

The flare-up started when Water­ford tried to waste time when the ball went into their dugout area as Cork pre­pared to take a throw. That kicked off a bout of push­ing and shov­ing, and Hery then drib­bled the ball back onto the pitch where he was ap­proached by Caulfield. The French mid­fielder pushed the Cork boss to the ground and that prompted a mini-brawl in­volv­ing play­ers and staff from both sides.

Ab­o­rah ap­peared to be dis­missed for a sec­ond in­ci­dent where he ap­proached Buckley as he was walk­ing to­wards the tun­nel. He then had to be re­strained as he lashed out at the de­ci­sion. Rogers will sub­mit his re­port over the week­end and the clubs will then be in­formed of sanc­tions by the FAI be­fore con­sid­er­ing any ap­peals.

Caulfield ac­knowl­edged that he was in the wrong for go­ing onto the pitch. “In fair­ness to the ref­eree, he said, ‘You came onto the pitch to re­trieve the ball’. I only went a yard in to maybe speed it up, but he said he had no choice,” he said. “That’s fine, I can deal with that. The big­ger pic­ture is that things got a bit ugly and they shouldn’t have. We’ll have to re­view it our­selves, but it was dis­ap­point­ing. We’re dis­ap­pointed some of our lads got in­volved. It was un­for­tu­nate.”

Reynolds said: “We don’t need that at the end. Tempers flared, it’s a Mun­ster derby, there was three points at stake and 30 peo­ple who re­ally care. It is some­thing we could do with­out.”

Water­ford’s vic­tory main­tained their per­fect home record on their re­turn to the top flight. They leapfrogged Cork to go level on points with Dun­dalk, who top the ta­ble on goal dif­fer­ence

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