A mass brawl involving players and supporters which spiralled into the adjacent carpark marred a football match in Down at the weekend.

The Division 1 fixture of the Down GAA All County Football League between Downpatrick Russell Gaelic Union and Ballyholland Harps was disrupted following the unruly scenes, the latest in a spate of similar incidents in recent weeks.

The rearranged encounter between the teams at Kilcoo - the original fixture had been abandoned after a player received a head injury - descended into chaos when an off-pitch altercation between two supporters resulted in a number of players jumping a fence to join in the brawl.

Video footage shows players from both sides running from the pitch to confront supporters in a melee that lasted several minutes.

Down GAA is expected to hold an investigation into the latest altercation between the rival teams.

The brawl follows a string of similar incidents over the past couple of months.

Slaughtneil and Ballinderry Shamrocks brawled in a Derry reserve Gaelic football Championship last week while an intermediate first-round tie between Strabane and Stewartstown of Tyrone resulted in a series of bans after more violent scenes.

Tyrone captain Sean Cavanagh was left with facial injuries and concussion during his club the Moy’s match with Edendork, which featured 20 yellow cards, six reds and one black.

In Cork, junior clubs Kilmacabea and Tadhg Mac Cartaigh were both hit with initial €3,000 fines and several players have been given substantial suspensions after a post-match brawl in their west Cork Junior A final.