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An Irish Premier League match between Waterford and Shamrock Rovers has been stopped by the referee after supporters set off fireworks on the pitch. The hosts took the lead after 12 minutes with a goal from John Martin.

But there were shameful scenes moments later as some supporters took to the pitch and set off fireworks, presumably to mark the night of the bonfire.

The referee led the players soon after, and there was a pause while order was restored.

The game resumed eight minutes later, but it was a bizarre and dangerous incident that could have resulted in serious injuries.

The official Waterford FC Twitter account posted: “PLAY STOPPED. Players are taken off the pitch by referee Rob Hennessy – visiting supporters set off fireworks on the pitch.”

And videos on social media later showed at least three explosives set off on the field as players watched in amazement.

A number of Twitter users had their say, writing: “Lifetime bans for officials, nothing less. Imagine making every effort to buy fireworks, go to Waterford, and send them back to the players. I really cannot understand such behavior. “

Another added: “The worst part about it is that Waterford will be fined for not preventing them from entering the ground.”

And another said: “Quit the game and give the points to Waterford.”

Fortunately, there were no further incidents before half-time, and it looks like the disturbance is over for the night.

Shamrock leads the table and is 12 points ahead of his closest challenger, St Patrick’s Athletic.

Waterford, meanwhile, is in eighth position.

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