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Former Linfield chief Jim Kerr hit with IFA charges

By Laure James

Former Linfield chairman Jim Kerr has been charged by the Irish FA on four counts of disciplinary breaches.

It is believed that Kerr, who resigned on January 9, made comments to referee assessor Michael Ross six days prior, during Linfield's defeat to Coleraine.

It was confirmed yesterday that Kerr has been charged in accordance with the Disciplinary Code's Article 21: Provoking the general public and Article 27.1: Discrimination. Generally, these equate to a £250 fine and a minimum suspension of two matches and a minimum suspension of five-matches, a stadium ban and a £1,000 fine, respectively.

Kerr has also been charged in accordance with Article 33: Liability for Spectator Conduct, as well as Article 17 of the Articles of Association, a clause which is concerned with bringing the game into disrepute.

The former director's retribution will be determined at a sanction-only hearing with a date still to be decided. The Blues are expected to be held accountable for any punishment.

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