League of Ireland side Shelbourne FC have issued a statement condemning the assault of women trying to access a north Dublin train last month.
The incident, which saw a teenage girl fall onto the tracks between the train and platform after being deliberately hit by a bike, took place at the Howth Junction Dart station in Donaghamede as several young males on bicycles confronted passengers attempting to board.
The teenage males, one of whom appears to spit at passengers, are seen attempting to intimidate other young females on the platform.
In an unexpected development, Drumcondra-based Shelbourne FC issued a statement yesterday saying it would deal with this matter “promptly, properly and fairly”.
A spokesman for the club would not be drawn on whether any of its members were involved in the incident however.
The statement reads:
“Shelbourne FC condemns all forms of violence and anti-social behaviour. Shelbourne has 150 playing female members and is one of Ireland’s leading women’s football clubs. Violence against women has no place in society or in football,” the statement read.
“As a leading Irish football club, Shelbourne FC has an extensive community and social inclusion programme. Shelbourne FC is aware of images, posts and video circulating on social media in relation to an incident in Howth Dart Station in which a young woman was assaulted. Shelbourne FC deplores and condemns the behaviour shown in the video and images.
“The principle of respect means respecting the rights of all involved, including the rights of a person to due process no matter how abhorrent his or her behaviour may appear. This is all the more so where the allegations concern a minor.
“Shelbourne FC will deal with this matter promptly, properly and fairly.”
With no arrests made so far, Gardaí are continuing their investigations into the incident as impatience grows following the viral video of the assaults.