Beaten FAI Cup finalists St.Patrick’s Athletic have contacted the Gardai in relation to abusive messages concerning their players on social networking sites.
St.Pat’s were beaten 3-2 in the Irish showpiece on Sunday by Derry City, a result that has extended their FAI Cup heartbreak to an amazing 52-year spell.
The Inchicore club today released a statement condemning the attacks on some of the St.Pat’s players, in particular the comments surrounding goalkeeper Brendan Clarke.
Clarke was at fault for Derry City’s second goal, when he passed the ball straight to Derry’s David McDaid before bundling him over, conceding a penalty that Rory Patterson then scored.
The statement read: “The players and staff of St Patrick’s Athletic wish to express our disgust at some of the comments made on social networking sites towards some of our players and in particular our goalkeeper Brendan Clarke following the FAI Ford Cup final.
“The club does not tolerate bullying or hatred of any kind towards any of our staff, players or fans and have contacted the gardaí in relation to the matter.
“The club are carrying out a full investigation and the individuals will be brought in front of our disciplinary board.
“St Patrick’s Athletic are a family club and are extremely proud at the success of our team this year and look forward to another successful season next year.”