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Glentoran players set for club fines after alleged breach of alcohol ban

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott refused to confirm or deny the allegations.
Glentoran manager Mick McDermott refused to confirm or deny the allegations.

By Stephen Looney

Four Glentoran players are set to be hit in the pocket after allegedly breaching an alcohol ban — less than 48 hours before the biggest derby game in the country.

Sunday Life Sport understands the first team stars were seen socialising in Belfast city centre bars on the Thursday night ahead of a crunch Danske Bank Premiership clash with League Champions Linfield at Windsor Park last Saturday afternoon which they lost 1-0.

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott, a strict disciplinarian, told Sunday Life Sport: “If any of our players have been found to have broken club rules, they will be dealt with internally.”

When contacted, McDermott refused to go into detail on the alleged breach of club rules by the players.

However, it is understood team-mates of the four Glentoran players are said to be fuming with what they perceive as a lack of respect and want sanctions or fines, if the club rules have been broken.

The east Belfast outfit, looking for a resurgence this season, has received massive investment from businessman Ali Pour and has made a bright start to the Danske Bank Premiership under McDermott and his staff.

The Big Two derby is arguably the biggest club game in the land and Glentoran fans travelled to Windsor Park in huge numbers hoping for a victory.

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Socialising in licensed premises 48 hours before any game is off limits and could lead to a fine of two weeks wages for the relevant players.

McDermott told Sunday Life Sport he would “neither confirm nor deny” the allegations.

The news comes days after it was revealed Glens ace John Herron is expected to face an IFA disciplinary committee next month charged with breaching betting regulations.

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