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Glenavon fans to stage protest

By Graham Luney

Published 19/03/2016

Final say: Gary Hamilton's side will face Crusaders on April 2
Final say: Gary Hamilton's side will face Crusaders on April 2

Glenavon supporters have vowed to stage a protest at the Irish Cup showdown with Crusaders to express their frustration at the way the Irish FA has organised the semi-finals.

Fans are angry at scheduling and ticketing issues and while a boycott appears unlikely, they are determined to make their voices heard.

As well as being disappointed with admission costs - £15 and £8 concession, the use of Ticketmaster and the delay in making tickets available, the decision to switch the two Windsor Park battles has also sparked disgust.

After listening to police concerns of 'potential public disorder', Linfield's encounter with Lurgan Celtic was moved from April 1 to the following afternoon with Glenavon's scrap with Crusaders moved back to the Friday night. Glenavon were hoping to sell 500 tickets for the fixture yesterday but there has been a delay. The Committee of the Spirit of 2014 Glenavon Supporters Club issued a statement yesterday slamming the Irish FA and it added: "We will be encouraging as many supporters to attend these games while making their feelings known to the IFA, Ticketmaster and various sponsors including Tennent's on the first minute of the match... we feel that now is not the time to abandon Gary and the team and we will be doing all we can to support the boys.

"This occasion should be used to highlight to the sponsors, by way of protest, many of the issues supporters are facing at the hands of the IFA. Details of any planned protest will be issued on the night of the game."

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