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Glens hopeful that Allen will win disciplinary reprieve from IFA

By Alex Mills

Glentoran boss Ronnie McFall has pleaded with the Irish Football Association to review the incident that led to Curtis Allen's late dismissal in Tuesday night's Danske Bank Premiership game against Dungannon Swifts at The Oval.

McFall yesterday forwarded video evidence to the IFA headquarters at Windsor Park, claiming his man was the innocent party in the brawl that marred what was an enthralling 90 minutes of action.

The striker had just bagged a glorious double strike - bringing his goal tally to 23 for the season - when he was red-carded by referee Shane Andrews following a flare-up that involved practically every player on the pitch.

Allen can certainly feel hard done by. He appeared to be wrestled to the ground by Seanan Clucas, who was also sent off, before the free-for-all broke out amongst all of the players.

The decision not only angered the Glentoran faithful but left temporary boss McFall totally bewildered.

However, the consequences could be significant because, should the IFA uphold the official's decision, it would mean that Allen must serve an a three-game ban, which would rule him out of an end-of-season European play-off clash.

"I asked the referee to review the decision after the game," said McFall.

"Looking at the footage, it's clear that Curtis did nothing - he was grabbed around the neck and then dragged to the ground.

"The club has forwarded the footage to the IFA and they said they would have a look at it.

"We had the game won by that stage and it was needless, something we didn't want. It was a matter of seeing out the final few minutes.

"The incident was ignited by a seemingly innocent coming-together.

"Before we knew it, Curtis was on the ground and there were six or seven players around him.

"We don't believe that Curtis did anything wrong. He was actually on the ground being kicked."

• LINFIELD Ladies got their Danske Bank Women's Premiership title defence off to the perfect start as they hammered Derry City Ladies 7-0 in their opening match.

It was a similar story for Cliftonville Ladies, who thrashed Portadown Ladies 7-1, while Glentoran Women and Crusaders Strikers played out a 0-0 draw.

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