Banana-throwing probe continuing, say gardai

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

GARDAI in the city are continuing their efforts to track down a man who threw a banana onto the pitch in Thomond Park during the high-profile friendly match with Manchester City.

GARDAI in the city are continuing their efforts to track down a man who threw a banana onto the pitch in Thomond Park during the high-profile friendly match with Manchester City.

While no arrests or formal interviews have taken place to date, gardai are confident that they are close to identifying the culprit who may have thrown the item in a racist attack.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan, Henry Street garda station, said they have received “excellent co-operation from members of the public”, and said their co-operation has been vital in this case. He said the case is “progressing extremely well”, and added that directions from the DPP are expected to be sought in this matter.

Due to the assistance from the public they know the exact location where the item was thrown, while CCTV footage was easily whittled down to the time and location of the offence.

John Cantwell, manager of Thomond Park stadium, denounced the incident as “reprehensible” and one that was “not representative of Limerick or the region”. He said this incident, which had never happened before at the famous rugby grounds, was being treated with the “utmost seriousness”. The banana was thrown at Manchester City defender Gael Clichy, and the incident attracted headlines around the world after he commented about the incident on Twitter.