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IFA must get grip on bans, fumes Healy

 

By Graham Luney

Linfield boss David Healy has slammed the Irish FA's disciplinary procedures after Curtis Allen helped wreck the Blues' European dream.

The Glentoran striker netted a decisive goal at Windsor Park on Wednesday night as his side completed a sensational 4-3 comeback triumph but he wasn't free to play in the game until a few hours before kick off when it was confirmed the IFA Appeals Board had rescinded a red card following his dismissal against Dungannon last month.

Allen had been sent off for violent conduct and was issued with a three-match ban.

The IFA Appeals Board overturned the decision of the association's Disciplinary Committee, leaving Healy baffled and angry.

"The way disciplinary matters are handled leave a lot to be desired - the Curtis Allen one is the latest bewildering decision," argued Healy. "Things need to be addressed. The Premiership is our showcase league and should be treated with respect. The discipline side of our game is currently all over the place. Managers, players, board members and even supporters just want clarity on certain decisions."

Glentoran will face Cliftonville in the Europa League play-off decider at Solitude tomorrow (3pm).

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