Published Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Linfield hosted Cliftonville at their home ground on Tuesday night, but a minority of people in the stands - on both sides - jeopardised the game.
The chanting proved so problematic that match officials asked the PA announcer to relay a message warning that the game would be abandoned if the sectarianism did not stop.
Both teams have since insisted that there is "no place" in football for such behaviour and unreservedly condemned the chanting.
While Cliftonville manager Tommy Breslin spoke out against the chanting, a club statement also said it would not tolerate the behaviour.
"Following the events that surrounded last night's game against Linfield, Cliftonville FC reaffirm our commitment to and enforcement of our club's spectator 'Code of Conduct'," the club said.
"Cliftonville FC will not tolerate any form of sectarianism and will, in conjunction with the Irish Football Association and other bodies, continue to strive to eradicate it from football."
Hosts Linfield branded what had happened "distasteful sectarian chanting from a very small minority of those claiming to support both sides".
In a statement, they added: "This club has worked hard, and will continue to work hard, to oppose sectarianism and any other forms of intolerance which have no place in our game."
The club was also keen to stress that only a minority of people were responsible.
"This should not detract from the excellent behaviour of the vast number of Linfield and Cliftonville supporters who were able to support their team in the proper manner," they said.
It is understood that other fans from both clubs also made efforts to stop those from their own respective sides getting involved.
Linfield were 3-0 up when the announcement was made over the tannoy.
The match continued to its 4-1 conclusion and it was the Blues who progressed to the final.
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