Riot material to be handed out to fans at gate, FAI confirms

The original Landsowne Road riot in 1995. (Photo: CliveBrunskill/Allsport)

The original Landsowne Road riot in 1995. (Photo: CliveBrunskill/Allsport)

The FAI have confirmed that materials for a riot will be handed out to Ireland and England fans entering the Aviva Stadium this afternoon prior to kick off.

The old enemies face off today in a friendly match in Dublin – the first time the two have played in the capital since the infamous riot of 1995. With Ireland leading 1-0 through a David Kelly goal, English hooligans ripped up seats and hoardings and began fighting with Irish fans and police. The game was suspended as a result.

After such a disgraceful display 20 years ago, the FAI’s John Delaney has said he wants today’s riot to go a lot smoother. “This needs to be planned and coordinated correctly,” said Delaney. “Especially on the 20th anniversary of the original Lansdowne Road riot, we’re hoping today’s does it justice and maybe even surpass it.”

He added. “The last riot was good, lots of violence and fighting, but it was a bit of a mess. We hope by handing out specialised riot material we can have a good, efficient riot and everyone can go home happy. The fans deserve it.”

The match kicks off at 13.00GMT but authorities have urged fans to arrive early to avoid disappointment and ensure they get the riot weapon of their choosing.

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