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Club Statement

Cliftonville Football Club acknowledges receipt of the Irish Football Association Appeals Board decision issued last night and can confirm that the Club has issued procedures seeking Arbitration to the Irish FA.

Chairman Gerard Lawlor stated: “While we respect the Appeals Board and their role, we strongly disagree with their interpretation of straightforward rules.

“This action is being taken along with a number of other Clubs who have supported and contacted us today. I believe this ruling affects over 330 players at all levels within Northern Ireland, which is the equivalent of 30 teams sitting out games whenever we get the go-ahead to resume playing.

“We have worked with the Irish FA to get the matter dealt with quickly and hopefully it will not impact on any Semi Finals due to take place next week.”