By Johnny Caldwell
An animal welfare charity has condemned an incident in which a lamb's leg was thrown onto the pitch during trouble at a football game at the weekend.
The lamb's leg was one of several missiles thrown
The leg was one of several missiles thrown after a match between Ballymena United and Distillery on Saturday.
A USPCA spokesman said it "demonstrated general disregard for animal welfare".
"It also follows a recent incident in which a horse's head was left outside the home of a hockey player in Cookstown," he added.
Irish Football Association chief executive Howard Wells said there would be a "full investigation" into the trouble at Ballymena Showgrounds.
The referee needed a police escort off the field, while the two managers had to be kept apart.
Players were also involved in jostling after the whistle was blown on a 2-2 draw.
In addition to the lamb's leg, a chair and at least one bottle were thrown onto the pitch.