Glenavon has recently received correspondence from the Irish Football Association (IFA) charging the club following the recent Irish Cup semi-final against Coleraine. The charge relates to two incidents of spectator misconduct. Firstly, the throwing of a smoke bomb onto the playing area shortly after our equalizing goal. Secondly, the actions of a small number of our supporters who gathered near the dug outs at the end of the game to shout abuse at Coleraine players as they left the pitch and had to be moved on by security staff. Such actions are dangerous, stupid and totally indefensible.
The IFA has informed Glenavon that on this occasion the sanction is being limited to the issue of a warning. However should further incidents of this nature occur in the future it is very likely the club at the least will face a serious financial sanction. If this situation arises, the club will have to find the cost of this sanction from finance earmarked for the general running of the club including the playing squad budget – money that by and large is provided by the generosity of our sponsors and the hard work of our supporters’ clubs. This would be wholly unacceptable and the Board of Directors therefore strongly urges those individuals involved to carefully consider the consequences of their actions in the future.
Glenavon Football Club would like to express it’s thanks to Foster’s Chocolate and Tayto for their support for the Geddis Stand Family Section throughout the season.
Their generous sponsorship was essential in ensuring the success of the initiative.
With only a few days to go to Saturday’s Irish Cup quarter final at Shamrock Park supporters are reminded that they should not attempt to bring alcohol, glass containers, flares, smoke bombs or fireworks into the ground. Any person attempting to do so will have the item(s) confiscated and may be denied access to the game. Inside the ground supporters are asked to obey the instructions of stewards and PSNI personnel at all times – they are there for your safety and comfort. Anyone attempting to throw a flare, smoke bomb or firework inside Shamrock Park will be identified and removed from the ground. It is understood that as part of their crowd control measures on Saturday several PSNI personnel will be using hand held mobile cameras.
Your support has played a significant part in our Irish Cup successes in recent years. Please continue to be vocal and passionate on Saturday and always do so in a manner that upholds the good name of Glenavon Football Club.
Finally supporters should note that Mahon Road in Portadown is closed for road works. Those who normally use this route should therefore allow extra time to get to the ground.
At its February meeting the Board of Directors considered the recent decision of the IFA Disciplinary Committee regarding sanctions imposed on the club in respect of David Elebert’s eligibility for the Boxing Day fixture against Portadown. Although extremely disappointed by the Committee’s decision, after careful consideration the Board decided not to pursue the option of a further appeal. However it was the unanimous view of the Board that there were a number of issues regarding the matter which required further consideration and these will be pursued with the relevant authorities over the coming weeks.
A group of Glenavon personnel comprising Chairman Adrian Teer, Vice-Chairman John Sinnamon, Manager Gary Hamilton and former Football Administrator Gary Ellis attended a Disciplinary Committee Appeal Hearing on Wednesday evening at the National Stadium in respect of the sanction imposed on the club regarding David Elebert’s eligibility for the recent Boxing Day fixture against Portadown. After considering the club’s written and oral submissions the Committee decided that the sanction should remain in place. The club’s Board of the Directors will now consider the matter further at the February Board meeting.
At tonight’s (Thursday) Board meeting the Glenavon Board of Directors discussed the recent decision of the IFA Disciplinary Committee to charge the club with a breach of Article 22.1 of the IFA Disciplinary Code in respect of the recent league fixture against Portadown FC. It was unanimously agreed that the club would proceed with an appeal against this decision.
Late this afternoon Glenavon was advised that the IFA Disciplinary Committee had charged the club with a breach of Article 22.1 (ineligibility through suspension) of the IFA Disciplinary Code. As a result the club has been fined £350 and must forfeit the league game against Portadown by the scoreline of 3-0.
The Board of Directors is extremely disappointed that the Committee chose to take this course of action without seeking Glenavon’s observations on the matter. This seems contrary to the principles of natural justice.
The charge will be discussed at our monthly Board meeting tomorrow evening and a decision taken then on appropriate further action. No further statement will be issued in the interim.