Reds and Blues fined over chanting

Published Thursday, 27 February 2014
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Linfield and Cliftonville have been fined over sectarian chanting from supporters at last year's County Antrim Shield semi-final.

Reds and Blues fined over chanting
Fans from both Belfast clubs were involved in chanting. (© Pacemaker)

The match at Windsor Park on 29 October almost had to be cancelled after it was marred by a minority of people in the stands - on both sides - who took part in chanting.

Linfield and Cliftonville have each been fined £3,000 by the IFA while an additional fine of £250 has been imposed on the Reds for "allowing or causing an explosion".

A statement from the IFA said: "In handing down unprecedented sanctions in this instance, the IFA repeats its determination to promote, foster and develop football for all in Northern Ireland and in doing so create a family friendly atmosphere throughout all levels of the game, free from racism, sectarianism, sexism or hooliganism."

Cliftonville, who received the extra fine on account of it being a second breach of the season, said they are currently considering the outcome of the disciplinary hearing and may appeal.

Gerard Lawlor, club chairman, said: "Cliftonville Football Club take their responsibilities very seriously and were fault lies with the club we will respect any decisions and we will and have taken appropriate action to deal with issues that have arisen.

"However, when the club believes they have unjustly accused of any matter and indeed feel that the club are being used as a vehicle 'to make an example', then we will vigorously defend the position of our club."

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Comments Comments
Rab in Belfuss wrote (331 days ago):
Glad to see not just linfield getting hammered as usual!
Larry in Belfast wrote (331 days ago):
When are clubs like Linfield, Cliftonville and Glentoran going to realise that they survive because of the 'loyalty' of these supporters. It has always been since I remember that there was bigoted chanting at games between these teams, but we accepted it as part of the fun of the match. One of the chants was 'they've all gone quiet over there'. This was when the other team scored. But how boring it would be if they were all quiet all the time. We have a divided society, based on religion, live with it and don't complain.
iain in west belfast wrote (332 days ago):
chanting 3000 but causing an explosion 250 they should be banned
Sportforall in belfast wrote (332 days ago):
I was appalled to hear fans at a local game chanting a song about hatchets and hammers,Stanley knives and spanners.Surely songs of this nature should carry similar punishment to concerned clubs.
S.B. in Belfast wrote (332 days ago):
As a Reds fan I don't understand the extra £250 fine for Cliftonville for the flare and am angry at this. I was at the game and Linfield fans burnt Irish flags for the entire game in the Alex Russell stand and threw fireworks towards the PSNI at the bottom of the same stand and at Reds fans in the North Stand. This stinks a bit and Cliftonville should speak out because this is now coming across as the usual IFA one sided nature against Cliftonville.
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