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'Do you ever hear me complain about the abuse I get?' - David Jeffrey responds to Healy criticism of Ballymena fans

Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey
Ballymena United boss David Jeffrey

David Jeffrey has responded after Linfield boss David Healy criticised Ballymena United's fans after they directed chants at injured goalkeeper Roy Carroll on Friday night.

Linfield won the game at the Ballymena Showgrounds 1-0 to bring Healy's men within a point of the Danske Bank Premiership title.

When asked about the chanting after the game, Healy said that the Ballymena fans had "let themselves down".

Former Linfield manager Jeffrey said that he had been targeted with abuse throughout his career.

"I think the first thing is, if anyone had walked in David Jeffrey's shoes for any length of time, and heard the amount of abuse that is given out," he told the BBC.

"Now that doesn't make it acceptable, but if I had come out every time I got abuse, and it was sometimes horrendous abuse."

Jeffrey said that the abuse must be condemned.

"It is not correct. Just because you pay your way in doesn't give you licence to be abusive or overly abusive. Not in any shape or form, and any right-minded person condemns that type of behaviour," he said.

"But do you ever hear me complain about the abuse I get? No. That's right."

Healy compared the chanting to similar incidents in England and Scotland in recent months and said that the behaviour of the Ballymena fans was "not good".

Linfield boss David Healy celebrates his side's 1-0 win over Ballymena United.
Linfield boss David Healy celebrates his side's 1-0 win over Ballymena United.

"It was (directed to) me a little bit but it was Roy Carroll - singing about a lad who has represented his country with so much charisma. He loved playing for his country. A lot of their supporters support Northern Ireland and to sing that tonight, I don't understand it."

Andrew Waterworth's 17th goal of the season secured a key victory for Healy's men at the Showgrounds and all but handed them the title.

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