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Glenavon fans have right to be angry at Irish Cup switch: Adrian Teer

By Graham Luney

Published 17/03/2016

Upset: Adrian Teer feels the fans' pain
Upset: Adrian Teer feels the fans' pain

Glenavon chairman Adrian Teer says he feels the fans' pain after the Irish FA switched the dates for the Irish Cup semi-final battles.

Linfield's encounter with Lurgan Celtic was scheduled for Friday, April 1 but it will now take place a day later.

The Friday night slot is now filled by the meeting between Premiership leaders Crusaders and the Lurgan Blues, with both games at Windsor Park.

The Challenge Cup Committee of the Irish FA explained the decision was made following police fears of "potential public disorder, raised community tension and other events in the city on the evening of April 1".

But supporters, already angry at the £15 adult and £8 concession ticket prices for the semi-finals, vented their fury on social media last night and some even threatened to boycott the fixture.

Teer said: "To be fair to the Irish FA they have had to follow police advice but I can understand the frustration of the supporters who have booked travel arrangements or time off work.

"We feel our game is the bigger of the two and we would rather have seen it played on a Saturday. We have been bombarded with complaints from our supporters. I don't believe part-time Irish League sides should be playing on Friday nights."

Blues fans also slammed the ticket prices with the Linfield Supporters Trust stating: "The Irish FA should reconsider their ticketing costs and take a lesson from the Republic of Ireland where the FAI have reduced their ticketing prices considerably for their National Cup final to encourage more people to support their local game."

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