Maginness condemns vicious Clarendon attack
SDLP North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness has condemned those behind a vicious assault on a young footballer at Clarendon pitch today.
“This was clearly a vicious attack and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Sport should break down barriers between our divided communities but today tensions have been raised and there’s a deep sense of anger following this assault.
“Footballing rivalries often spark high passion but there is no excuse for this kind of thuggish violence. It is particularly disgusting that the assailant appears to have been a man in his 30s while the victim was 17. For a grown man to target a young footballer just trying to play a match is beyond contempt.
“It’s imperative that the individual responsible is caught and faces justice as soon as possible”