BOYCOTT CRUSADERS, URGE CLIFTONVILLE FANS

Police draw their batons during trouble outside Seaview in February

Police draw their batons during trouble outside Seaview in February

CLIFTONVILLE fans are calling for a boycott of Crusaders FC’s Seaview ground after the Reds only received 200 tickets for Monday night’s league game.

The clubs are scheduled to play the match after it was abandoned in February following a loyalist Union flag protest outside the ground.

A small ‘white line’ protest was allowed to take place for about 40 minutes.

However, police moved it on to allow fans to get into the north Belfast ground.

The match was called off at 3.10pm because of safety concerns.

Two men and a woman were arrested for public order offences and bailed.

Most Cliftonville supporters and many Crusaders fans had been unable to gain access to the stadium.

It was a body blow to Crusaders as it would have been a bumper pay day for the club against its north Belfast rivals.

On Thursday, the Solitude club, who were crowned league champions last Saturday in a last gasp win over Linfield, has been told that this was on the advice of the PSNI and the tickets would go to club members only.

It is understood that Crusaders have also only been given 200 tickets for general sale, as well as their season ticket holders following police advice.

One Reds fan tweeted: “There is now a boycott of Seaview. Mob rule has won and the loser will be Crusaders FC.’

“We are asking our club to return the tickets.”

Another Reds fan tweeted: “If you use violence you seem to get your way. That’s how it works.

“I won’t be back near Seaview. Their loss.”

 

 

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