Flight to Vegas diverted because of fight between Irish fans - reports

Up to 20,000 Irish MMA fans are believed to be on the way to Las Vegas to cheer on Conor McGregor at UFC 194.

Unfortunately, with a crowd that size there are bound to be some idiots and it seems like there were a few on a flight from New York to Nevada last night.

Thousands of Irish fans are en route to Las Vegas to support Conor McGregor.
Thousands of Irish fans are en route to Las Vegas to support Conor McGregor.

Damien Coyne, who was on the flight from JFK, has described what happened on Facebook.

It started with some singing.

“Got delayed at JFK because every time the flight attendant tried to read out the safety procedures onboard the aircraft this drunk Irish fella kept singing Ole Ole Ole & Oggy oggy oggy,” Coyne wrote. “So flight crew call the cops and your man gets escorted off the plane. Cos we missed our cue to set off we had to taxi on the runway for ages before we got a slot to take off.”

But it was to get a whole lot worse.

“About 25 mins into a 5 and a half hour flight, these other two Irish lads start kicking off at each other,” Coyne said. “Got very heated and one guy despite everyone on the plane shouting at him to sit down, struck out and threw a few slaps at the other lad. Flight crew go mad, separate the two fellas and now we are on our way back to JFK again!”


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Unsurprisingly, Coyne described himself as “seriously p***ed off” and added: “Unfortunately for me and a whole packed plane, we are all gonna be affected by a few drunk fools.

“Ruining it for themselves and for everyone else.”

Ruairi McNulty appears to have been on the same flight and posted a video on Facebook showing US police boarding the plane.

According to social media, after several more hours in JFK, the plane eventually took off for a second time.

The other fans on the plane are no doubt tired and annoyed, but should have reached Las Vegas by now.

We’ll leave the last word to Damien Coyne: “Moral of the story here lads, drink by all means and have a good time!

“But know the one that's one too many, and look out for each other!!”

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