Irish League football was dragged through the gutter once against last night after a Cliftonville director was struck in the neck by a bottle thrown from the Kop Stand during Linfield’s 2-1 win.
Gerard Lawlor, who was on the pitch to escort Reds boss Eddie Patterson off after he was dismissed by controversial referee Alan Black, escaped an serious injury but the Blues will now face an Irish FA investigation.
Patterson lost his cool with the Antrim official after a series of blunders. The Cliftonville officials insist they were forced to walk along the Kop after a section of Linfield fans aimed abuse at Reds boss Paterson.
“We were in a no-win situation,” said Lawlor. “We couldn’t go up the tunnel with the abuse Eddie was getting. If the bottle hadn’t hit me it would have got Eddie on the head but thankfully I wasn’t hurt.”