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shocking Shamrock Rovers release statement after fireworks incident forces players off the field

The game was held up for a period of eight minutes with 16 minutes on the clock when Rovers fans launched fireworks onto the playing area

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A firework explodes over the pitch during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford and Shamrock Rovers at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

A firework explodes over the pitch during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford and Shamrock Rovers at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

A firework explodes over the pitch during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Waterford and Shamrock Rovers at the RSC in Waterford. Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Shamrock Rovers have released a statement condemning the actions of two individuals who fired fireworks in the direction of the players during their SSE Airtricity Premier Division against Waterford.

The game was held up for a period of eight minutes with 16 minutes on the clock when Rovers fans launched fireworks onto the playing area, hitting Waterford player Anthony Wordsworth, and referee Rob Hennessy took both teams off the field of play

Now Rovers have offered comment on the incident, which has gone viral on social media channels.

"Shamrock Rovers F.C. unequivocally condemns the actions of two ‘so called’ supporters whose actions caused disruption at last night’s league game at the RSC in Waterford," read their statement.

"The two individuals were arrested by Gardai at the scene and taken from the ground. The club will cooperate fully with the Gardai on any follow-up matters and will also be issuing indefinite bans from attending Tallaght Stadium to the people concerned.

"It is regrettable that the actions of two individuals caused reputational damage to the club and was not reflective of the atmosphere and support from the large away crowd of over 350 Hoops fans who supported the team throughout, enjoying a 3-1 away win. "

Rovers came from a goal down to beat Waterford FC in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division as a brace from Danny Mandroiu and a header from Seán Hoare gave the champions a hard-earned win over the Blues, who slip into the relegation play-off position on goal difference after a titanic battle at the RSC.

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