Published Wednesday, 18 December 2013
Cliftonville won the game 2-0. (© Pacemaker)
During the game at Clandeboye Park, a number of people in the home end were heard chanting sectarian songs.
According to Ards FC, it happened after someone appeared in the away supporters' stand dressed as the Pope and the Cliftonville supporters sang 'Happy Birthday'.
However, others have said the chanting began immediately after the kick off.
Ards chairman Brian Adams condemned the incident.
He said: "This was a small handful of idiots - maybe about 10 people at most.
"They are not football fans and certainly not Ards' supporters and they will be banned."
He added: "This is disappointing because we have a very good relationship with Cliftonville.
"When we lost Castlereagh Park, it was Cliftonville who helped us out with a ground and there has always been a very good relationship between the two clubs and the fans.
"We work hard to create a better league and improve the domestic game and there is just a handful of idiots determined to ruin that work."
Following the game, the club said it held its supporters in the ground until the Cliftonville fans had left to disperse any tension which may have remained.
However, one of the buses used to transport the Cliftonville support was attacked and a window damaged.
Brian added: "There were people who had gathered outside the ground, which we had heard about before the game and had contacted the police about and there was an increased PSNI presence outside of the ground.
"Unfortunately one of the buses was damaged after the game and the PSNI is investigating the incident."
The Northern Ireland Football League said it was waiting on the officials' match report before it could decide on a course of action.
Police say they received a report of a bus being damaged following the football match and enquiries are continuing.
Cliftonville did not comment on the matter.
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