AN INVESTIGATION is to be launched after sectarian threats were made to Cliftonville players Liam Boyce and Conor Devlin.
The pair were guests at the ‘Big Two’ Belfast Danske Bank Irish Premier League clash between Linfield and Glentoran on Saturday when they were the victims of sectarian abuse.
Reds striker Boyce said on Twitter that one supporter had threatened to “cut our throats” as he and Devlin watched the game.
Boyce told followers on Twitter: “All fans were dead on and having a bit of banter but there is always one to ruin it.
“(He was) Shouting, ‘Boyce, Devlin, I’ll cut your throats on (the) way out’.
“We had to get a lift (with the police) to (the) car and (be) escorted from ground by police.
“Was sheep white,” he added following his ordeal at Windsor Park.
Boyce, who was last season’s Footballer of the Year, was a guest of Linfield’s squad and was sitting with Blues’ fans.
He added on Twitter: “The irony is that a Linfield player was friendly enough to give us his tickets. Still in shock.
“So you can’t go to a football game to watch a match? I expect banter not sectarianism and death threats.”
Boyce added that the supporter who abused him and Devlin “was a man (of) at least 30 with about three friends and a kid aged about 12”.
No complaints have been made to the PSNI about the incident but it is now expected to prompt a probe by Linfield FC and irish football officials.
Fans have been responding to the threats on Twitter.
One said: “People don’t realise the cross community work Boyce and others at Cliftonville do.”