Northern Ireland

Linfield fined £4,000 after sectarian chanting and a racist comment from fans

Linfield Football Club has been fined £4,000 for sectarian chants and a racist comment from fans.

LINFIELD Football Club has received a £4,000 ban for sectarian chanting as well as a racist comment from supporters at their matches.

The sanction for the south Belfast club also included a suspended one-match stadium ban for travelling supporters.

It follows away matches to Larne on September 15, Cliftonville on October 20 as well as a home game against Loughgall on October 28.

The Blues now have the option to appeal the decision by the Irish FA.

The stadium ban will stay in place until February, but will only be used if another breach of the rules from fans takes place before then.

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The BBC report that the sectarian chants from Linfield fans took place at Larne’s Inver Park as well as Cliftonville’s Solitude grounds.

The racist comment from a Linfield supporter during the Loughgall fixture took place at the club’s home ground of Windsor Park, and directed at visiting player Pablo Andrade.

Half of the £4,000 fine was imposed for the Cliftonville game, with £1,000 for the two others.

Challenges by Linfield were made over the Larne and Cliftonville games, but not for Loughgall.

The IFA’s disciplinary committee had originally rejected a recommendation from the Northern Ireland Football League to challenge Linfield for sectarian singing at the Larne match.

A match observer from NIFL had reported hearing up to 30 Linfield fans singing the “Billy Boys” song for two minutes.

The IFA initially said there was not enough evidence as the lyrics had not been detailed in the match observer’s report, but this was later overturned on appeal.