Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Troublemakers to face life ban, say Linfield

Linfield chairman Jim Kerr has vowed to take a zero tolerance policy on any Blues fan that can be identified causing crowd trouble.

Kerr’s promise come in the wake of another shameful night for Irish League football in which Cliftonville director Gerard Lawlor was struck by a plastic bottle thrown by an idiotic excuse for a fan in the Kop Stand during the champions’ 2-1 win over the Reds at Windsor Park last night.

That win was secured by goals from Michael Carvill and Michael Gault, who was returning from injury. Glenn Ferguson was also back following his knee injury making it a good night on the pitch for the Blues, who remain a point behind league leaders Glentoran, 2-0 winners at Institute. But it was a bad night off the pitch.

“I totally condemn the incident and I can assure everyone that if the person who threw the bottle can be identified they will be banned from Windsor Park for life,” said Kerr.

“We have taken action against people already this season and the person who aimed a firework at the Glentoran fans on Boxing Day has been identified and their details passed on to the PSNI. We don’t want these people at football matches in Northern Ireland.”

Tensions were high after Reds boss Patterson had been dismissed in the first-half after a succession of run-ins with referee Alan Black, while Ronan Scannell was given his marching orders for two cautions late on.

“Everyone at Windsor Park last night saw what happened and I would like them to make up their own minds about it,” said Patterson.

“I don’t want to say too much or I will get into even more trouble. It seems to be that decisions that are given against us aren’t necessarily given against other teams and that is based on experiences this season.

“I was furious with a lot of things last night but it will only strengthen my resolve to get things right for Cliftonville Football Club.”

Meanwhile, Linfield are expected to sign Dungannon Swifts striker Mark McAllister tonight. A transfer fee in the region of £35,000 was agreed between the clubs yesterday and Matthew Doherty will move to Stangmore Park on loan for the rest of the season as part of the deal.

Blues boss David Jeffrey said: “Hopefully we can finalise the deal and there could be more activity this month.”

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