Community service for ‘abusive’ fan involved in Thomond Park incident

Gael Clichy
A KILEELY man charged in connection with a banana throwing incident during a high-profile soccer match at Thomond Park, has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

A KILEELY man charged in connection with a banana throwing incident during a high-profile soccer match at Thomond Park, has been ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.

Mark Reddan, aged 28, of Cregan Avenue, was convicted in January of a number of public order offences relating to the incident during the Limerick FC – Manchester City game on August 5, 2012.

During a contested hearing, he denied engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour and failing to comply with the directions of Sgt Pardaic Sutton.

There was public outrage following the glamour tie after a banana was thrown in the direction of French international Gael Clichy.

In January, Judge Aingeal Ni Chonduin was told a number of items had been thrown onto the pitch although there was no evidence that Reddan had thrown anything.

Sgt Sutton said he observed the defendant sitting on top of an exit on the East terrace where he was blocking the views of other fans. He said Reddan, who has 22 previous convictions, became aggressive and started shouting when he was asked to move.

In his evidence, Reddan said another garda and match steward had passed him earlier and that neither had asked him to move.