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Friday 20 May 2022
Irish FA statement re: sanction for Cliftonville

Cliftonville have been charged and sanctioned by the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Committee for breaches of Article 33.3 of the Irish FA’s Disciplinary Code (spectator misconduct). 

Representatives from the club attended a disciplinary hearing in relation to two separate spectator misconduct charges. 

The first charge related to incidents during their Irish Cup semi-final against Crusaders on Friday 1 April. It was the club’s fourth spectator misconduct charge of the 2021-22 season and they were sanctioned with a fine of £1,500. 

The second Article 33.3 charge (fifth of the season) related to spectator misconduct during their NIFL Premiership fixture against Glentoran on Saturday 30 April.  

The club were not offered any sanction at the time of the second charge and subsequently the club challenged both charges. 

After a review of the club’s evidence brought to members of the committee, it was concluded the Article 33.3 charges were proven for the incidents that occurred during both fixtures.  

The Disciplinary Committee has reserved its decision on any sanction pending an education campaign by Cliftonville to address the issue of spectator misconduct and liaison with the parties responsible.