Shelbourne issued a statement last night saying it is investigating a video circulating widely on social media where a young woman is assaulted at a north Dublin DART station.
In the statement, the club also condemned all violence against women and acknowledged existence of digital content that features a young woman being attacked.
The statement reads:
Shelbourne FC condemns all forms of violence and anti-social behaviour. Shelbourne has 150 playing female members and is one of Ireland’s leading women’s football clubs. Violence against women has no place in society or in football.
As a leading Irish football club Shelbourne FC has an extensive community and social inclusion programme.
Shelbourne FC is aware of images, posts and video circulating on social media in relation to an incident in Howth Dart Station in which a young woman was assaulted. Shelbourne FC deplores and condemns the behaviour shown in the video and images.
The principle of respect means respecting the rights of all involved including the rights of a person to due process no matter how abhorrent his or her behaviour may appear. This is all the more so where the allegations concern a minor.
Shelbourne FC will deal with this matter promptly, properly and fairly.
A video featuring CCTV footage of a group of young men on bikes causing mayhem at Howth Junction DART station last month has been shared widely online. In the video, a teenage girl is pushed onto the train tracks.
Last week, the father of the girl told the Irish Sun said his daughter is recovering well from the attack.
'She’s okay, she is okay now, she is still a bit upset about it. It is an ongoing investigation.'
A Shelbourne spokesperson 'would not confirm or deny if any members of the club are being investigated' when queried by the Irish Independent. According to the Irish Sun, the incident is also being investigated by gardaí.