Dunfermline and Falkirk vow to find “disgusting” fans who threw fake eyes at Dean Shiels

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Dunfermline's Dean Shiels at full time.

Dunfermline Athletic have pledged to do what they can to root out the “disgusting” individuals who threw fake eyeballs at midfielder Dean Shiels during Tuesday’s league derby with Falkirk.

Shiels, 32, who lost sight in one eye in a domestic accident when he was just eight-years-old, was subjected to horrendous abuse throughout the Pars’ 2-0 Championship victory at East End Park, with visiting fans singing songs about his visual impairment and throwing fake eyes on to the pitch.

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Fake eyes lie on the pitch after being thrown from members of the crowd

The incident came just a few months after Falkirk players Joe McKee and Kevin O’Hara were suspended after being found guilty of taunting the midfielder about his disability during a Challenge Cup game in October.

The Bairns have since released a statement apologising “unreservedly” for the behaviour of some of their supporters, and Dunfermline chairman Ross McArthur has also condemned those responsible in no uncertain terms.

“We’ve agreed to work together with Falkirk to review the CCTV and look at the bodycams worn by stewards to see if we can identify the culprits, and Falkirk have said they will deal with them and ban them,” he revealed.

 

In a statement, Falkirk apologised “unreservedly” and pledged to root out those behind the vile taunts.

 

Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston praised Shiels, who saluted the home fans at the final whistle, for dealing with the incidents so well, but admitted he had been disappointed to see the behaviour in the stands in the first place.

“You never like to hear stuff like that,” he told his club website.

“It’s poor. It’s great discipline he showed. The whole team showed that.

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Dunfermline’s Dean Shiels with Allan Johnston after Tuesday’s 2-0 win.

“I think we have dealt with it professionally, but you just have to move on. That’s why it was important to get the win as well, when stuff like that is going on in the background.

“It’s unacceptable in this day and age.”

O’Hara was handed an eight-match ban for mocking Shiels during the cup game between the teams last year, with McKee receiving a four-match suspension for the same charge of “excessive misconduct”.

For the full story, see Thursday’s Courier

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