It’s a shocking moment in an Irish Premier League match as firecrackers are bombarded.
Players at Waterford FC and Shamrock Rovers were forced to flee as a spray of spark – supposedly left by idiot yobs – rained down 15 minutes into the match.
Fireworks took place at the far end of the RFC Waterford Stadium in Ireland.
In shocking footage of the incident, Watford midfielder Anthony Wordsworth appears to have been struck by one of the explosives that were blown up.
The 32-year-old can be seen holding his face before sinking to his knees and apparently doubled down in pain.
As other players approach his ally, another barrage of fireworks is fired and Wordsworth is struck again.
Other players and coaches struggle to cover their heads and faces from the onslaught of pyrotechnics.
In shocking footage of the scenes a commentator can be heard saying: “This is what we don’t need. This is bad, bad, bad.”
Fans also reacted with fury on social media, with one terming it a “horrific incident”.
Another wrote: “Hope they get a slap, there’s no room for that.”
Referee Rob Hennessy had to stop the chaotic match by eight minutes.
Police are believed to have removed several fans responsible for the dangerous fireworks stunt.
A Tannoy announcement warned the crowd: “The referee has said that if any further antisocial behavior occurs, the game will be abandoned.”
Shamrock beat Waterford 3–1 to advance 15 points at the top of the League of Ireland Premier Division.
And it was not the first incident of its nature yesterday, as players from non-league Essex-based team Hashtag United were also fired upon.
The art of pyrotechnics was released from a nearby house, which was struck by one of the players.
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