LIMERICK FC has been punished with a significant fine by the Football Association of Ireland’s Disciplinary Committee after a section of the club’s travelling support used flares and smoke bombs at away matches in June. The actual amount of the fine was undisclosed, but a statement on Limerick FC’s official website describes the sum as “significant”.
The statement continued: “While the Disciplinary Committee noted, and commended, the measure taken by the club to work proactively to prevent such incidents, they highlighted that the repetition of incidents meant that a financial penalty would be laid against the club.”
The Super Blues’ CEO John O’Sullivan expressed his annoyance over the issuing of the fine, saying that it will impact on the possibility of the club being able to sign new players.
He said: “It’s hugely frustrating. The most common question that I’m asked by supporters in recent weeks relates to signings and players that might be coming in. Fines actually hurt the finances of the club in a way which has knock on effects, including affecting the funds available to bring players in.
“I’m glad that the Disciplinary Committee acknowledged the work we put into match night operations, home and away, and the manner in which we cooperate with other clubs, but ultimately that means little when we now have a to write a significant cheque.”