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Linfield and Glentoran hit with fines for crowd incidents

By Stuart McKinley

Glentoran and Linfield have been hit with fines following crowd incidents during their Boxing Day Premiership clash at The Oval.

And Portadown have also been wrapped by the Irish FA in the wake of similar behaviour from their supporters at their derby against Glenavon on the same day.

Both Big Two clubs were given fines of £250 -- the minimum sanction for a breach of rule 23.3 of the IFA Disciplinary Code -- while the Ports escaped with a warning on this occasion.

Rule 23.3 states that "Improper conduct includes but is not limited to violence towards persons or objects, letting off incendiary devices, throwing missiles, the use of laser pens, displaying insulting slogans in any form, uttering insulting word(s) or sound(s), using offensive gestures or invading the pitch."

The fine for Linfield comes just a month after both they and Cliftonville were fined £3,000 after alleged incidents of sectarian chanting during the County Antrim Shield semi-final between the clubs at Windsor Park in October.

The Blues are Reds both lodged appeals against those fines, which were due to be heard last night. The outcome of the hearing is due to be revealed by the IFA today.

e DUNGANNON Swifts have booked their place in the Mid-Ulster Cup final after a 4-0 win against a youthful Glenavon team.

Gary Hamilton fielded a virtual youth team with Saturday's Irish Cup semi-final against Crusaders in mind.

Johnny Topley scored once in each half for the Swifts, with Stefan Lavery and Chris Lowe getting the other goals.

Dungannon will now play Belfast Telegraph Championship 2 side Annagh United in the final on a date to be confirmed.

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