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IPL chief insists clubs will unite in aftermath of Seaview protest

SAD DAY: PSNI officers deal with the protest outside Seaview

SAD DAY: PSNI officers deal with the protest outside Seaview

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Irish Premier League chairman Aubry Ralph insists “football will unite” in the aftermath of Saturday’s depressing scenes at Seaview.

The North Belfast derby clash between Crusaders and Cliftonville was postponed on advice of the PSNI following a loyalist protest outside the ground.

It denied in the region of 2,500 fans from watching the eagerly anticipated top-of-the-table clash.

Both clubs will meet with police representatives and the Irish FA on Monday in an attempt to reschedule the fixture.

“For the biggest game of the season to be disrupted by outside influences unconnected to football is galling,” Ralph said.

“If anything, Saturday’s events will further strengthen the close bond that exists between local clubs.

“The Irish League survived the Troubles relatively unscathed and to witness what we did on Saturday is hugely frustrating.”

 

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