Chris Casement voices his delight as suspension is overturned

Chris Casement
Chris Casement

Portadown defender Chris Casement has voiced his delight after being cleared of head-butting an opponent.

Casement had been hit with a six-match ban after being found guilty of violent conduct against Dungannon Swifts midfielder Terry Fitzpatrick during a Premiership game on March 14.

The suspension threatened to rule the 27-year-old out of next week’s Irish Cup final with Glentoran.

But following an appeal hearing on Thursday night, Casement has been cleared to play in the showpiece decider.

The decision arrived after the IFA’s Appeals Committee concluded that referee’s assistant Mr Stephen Donaldson had been “mistaken” in citing Casement for violent conduct against Dungannon.

“I am just delighted that this has been put to bed,” Casement said last night.

“It is a huge weight off me, and my family.

“I had been found guilty of something that I did not do, and that is what hurt the most.

“It was a slur on me and my family.

“Fair play to Terry for speaking up for me. I have never really spoken to him before during my career, so for him to do that was a fantastic gesture. He was a true gentleman.

“Now it is put to bed we can look forward to tomorrow’s final league game and next week’s cup final. This has been a bit of a distraction for everyone at the club.”