Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Cliftonville backing for Crusaders stance

PACEMAKER BELFAST   16/02/2013
A loyalist protest over the union flag took place outside Seaview football ground on the Shore Road in Belfast, before the match started. Trouble flared on the road and the match between Crusaders and Cliftonville was cancelled. Football fans leave Crusaders Football Club.
Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 16/02/2013 A loyalist protest over the union flag took place outside Seaview football ground on the Shore Road in Belfast, before the match started. Trouble flared on the road and the match between Crusaders and Cliftonville was cancelled. Football fans leave Crusaders Football Club. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

Cliftonville have reiterated their desire to see the north Belfast derby fixture which was postponed at the weekend played at Seaview.

Crusaders issued a statement appealing for the protest which led to the match being called off on Saturday not to be repeated.

Due to the Crues' Setanta Cup commitments, the clash is unlikely to go ahead until next month.

The Reds statement read: "For several years now, both Cliftonville and Crusaders have been working closely together to ensure that games between the two clubs pass without incident.

"We have actively engaged with all stakeholders including local residents, the PSNI and local political representatives. It was therefore extremely disappointing that the efforts of all parties were frustrated on Saturday."

Meanwhile, Cruaders have confirmed they are investigating the unfurling of a banner commemorating IRA volunteer Mairead Farrell at Seaview.

The incident is reported to have happened at the venue on July 21, 2012 by a team participating in a Charity sporting event for a local suicide awareness programme.

Crusaders say a photograph of the banner "has been circulated widely on the internet."

The club adds: "A number of complaints have been made by members that this represented a gross abuse of our hospitality."

• FORMER Ballymena United midfielder Jonny Steele is living the American dream after last night signing for glamour MLS outfit New York Red Bulls.

It means Steele (27), who has represented Northern Ireland from Under 15 to Under 19 level, will get the chance to play alongside French legend Thierry Henry and former Everton star Tim Cahill.

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