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Glens and Reds in dock after player brawl mars crunch Irish League tie

By Staff Reporter

Published 11/05/2016

Cliftonville’s Conor Devlin and Glentoran’s Chris Lavery clash last night
Cliftonville’s Conor Devlin and Glentoran’s Chris Lavery clash last night

A mass on-pitch brawl marred a crunch European play-off between Cliftonville and Glentoran last night.

The game at Solitude was worth £160,000 to the winner and advancement to the Europa League, so stakes were high.

Violence flared at half-time with Reds goalkeeper Conor Devlin and Glentoran forward Chris Lavery receiving their marching orders.

It's not the first time there's been bad blood between the two Belfast rivals. Two years ago, Devlin was charged and convicted over a nightclub altercation with Glentoran winger Jim O'Hanlon, only to be acquitted on appeal, with the judge accepting he had acted "proportionately" and in self-defence.

Barry Holland, formerly of Cliftonville but now with the Glens, also saw red last night in a bad-tempered tie.

Cliftonville edged the nine-man Glens 3-2, but both clubs face an anxious wait to see what disciplinary action, if any, they face from local football's governing body, the IFA, pending the referee's match report.

Cliftonville now progress into the Europa League qualifying stages.

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