White Horse wrote:An apology should come from someone who did something wrong. I detest anaemic statements of regret for something committed by someone else.
Dundalk FC did not throw glasses at Cork supporters, yobs did.
The responsibility of Dundalk FC is to take action against the culprits. This is what they are doing.
While the club and it's supporters (including yobs) are not legally the same, most people see supporters as being an integral part of the club. Most supporters themselves feel the same way - it's not realistic to simply totally disassociate the two at times like this.
I don't know the details of what occurred, but it may also be incorrect to suggest that the club have no responsibility for what happened. How did these yobs get on to the away section with glass and bottles? Do the club not have a legal and moral duty to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of all who attend?
An apology does not have to be a legal admission of liability or even an admission of a deficiency in the clubs duty of care, but it can express a regret or concern for anyone who may have been negatively impacted.
If visitors to Oriel were attacked by yob-supporters of my club, I think an apology is highly appropriate, in addition to taking direct action against those responsible and trying to ensure there is no re-occurrance.