Bray Wanderers have offered their full backing to Pat Devlin after an ugly confrontation between the manager and a small group of supporters at Wexford last Monday.

The Seagulls were held to a 1-1 draw at Ferrycarrig Park, a result that leaves them third from bottom in the First Division.

Footage that circulated on social media showed Devlin becoming embroiled in a heated exchange with some Bray fans at the final whistle.

On Thursday Bray released a statement condemning the actions of the fans and said they are working with gardaí to ensure there is no repeat of the incident.

"Bray FC wishes to convey its disappointment at the behaviour of a small group of fans at our game in Wexford on Monday," the statement read.

"The club wishes to communicate that it has identified the principal perpetrators and in conjunction with the gardaí will implement steps to eliminate this behaviour. We are committed to delivering a safe and welcoming environment in which every Bray Wanderers supporter can enjoy the game and support the team.

"The club is fully supportive of Pat Devlin, his management team and players and acknowledges the great progress that has been made in recent months, across all areas of the club, including academy, community outreach, integration of girls/women's football and significant improvements to the playing surface at the Carlisle Grounds.

"We acknowledge that results during the 2022 season have been frustrating, but we urge supporters to continue to get behind the team as we look to push towards the play-off spots in the second half of the season. We are committed to developing our fan base with a particular emphasis on making families feel welcome and safe.

"We are appointing a Fan Liaison Officer and plan to launch a membership program through which match tickets will be acquired. Our door is always open for dialogue with fans who wish to make their point. However, this must be conducted in an adult fashion with mutual respect, openness and above all, the interests of the club at heart."

It was announced last November that Bray and Cabinteely would merge, playing under the Bray Wanderers name.

Devlin had been involved with Cabinteely since 2016 but has a long association with Bray - this is his fifth time in the Seagulls dugout.

He was boss for the club's two greatest successes: the FAI Cup victories of 1990 and 1999.

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