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Angry Blues hit out at Town and NIFL after late postponement

 

By Graham Luney

Linfield have criticised Warrenpoint Town and the Northern Ireland Football League after the late cancellation of their clash at the Q Radio Arena last weekend.

The Blues were on a bus moving through Newry when the call was made to postpone the game due to a waterlogged pitch at 1.30pm.

In their match programme notes today, Linfield say lessons must be learned.

"The late cancellation of the Warrenpoint Town/Linfield game last Saturday proved a costly and frustrating exercise for this club and our supporters," say the Blues.

"In our view both the home club and the league must take responsibility for what took place and explain why appropriate measures were not put in place to facilitate a much earlier decision.

"The Warrenpoint Town club knew their ground was unplayable after the heavy overnight rain, yet the decision to cancel was not made until 1.30pm by a referee who was called in from a considerable distance.

"By then, the Linfield players and staff had travelled down from Belfast and a large number of supporters were on their way.

"The handling of the fixture was totally unprofessional and both this club and our supporters deserve more assurances, and indeed some degree of compensation, than the apology that was issued on Saturday midday. It was an unacceptable situation which must not be repeated if the credibility and integrity of the Premiership is to be upheld."

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