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Glentoran player attacked by fan

Hamilton (number 10) is attacked by a fan at Shamrock Park
Hamilton (number 10) is attacked by a fan at Shamrock Park

Glentoran forward Gary Hamilton was attacked by a Portadown supporter at the end of the Carling Premiership match at Shamrock Park.

Hamilton, a former Portadown player, had just scored a late winning goal.

The fan came on and attempted to punch Hamilton before being grabbed by stewards and hauled to the ground.

Glentoran fans broke down a gate to get on to the pitch and Glens boss Alan McDonald and some players helped usher them away and calm things down.

Glentoran manager Alan McDonald is interviewed on BBC NI's Final Score

A 17-year-old youth has been charged with disorderly behaviour and will appear at Craigavon Youth Court on Tuesday.

Police and Portadown officials have been examining CCTV footage.

Glens boss McDonald said there had been concerns about the strength of the security measures ahead of the match.

"It is bad when a Portadown supporter can get on and attack Gary Hamilton," he said.

"Hopefully lessons will be learned because there will be further high profile matches down here.

"It is sad for the game. Our fans would not have reacted the way they did had they not seen Gary Hamilton being assaulted.

"I am angry and disappointed because I am a football man through and through and I do not like to see scenes like that."

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