Monday 5 December 2016

Deduct points if supporters cause trouble, says Caulfield

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Cork City manager John Caulfield
Cork City manager John Caulfield

Cork City manager John Caulfield believes that points deductions are the only way to prevent a repeat of the scenes that marred last Friday's Dublin derby.

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Caulfield feels that the FAI should adopt harsher sanctions to get clubs into line and encourage a sharper monitoring of supporters coming through the turnstiles.

The FAI announced yesterday that Bohemians - who hosted the game at Dalymount Park - have been charged with five offences under the categories of 'Pitch Invasion', 'Match and Player Safety Obligations' and 'Missiles' while Shamrock Rovers were charged with two offences under 'Pitch Invasions' and 'Missiles' due to the conduct of some visiting fans.

Abbotstown refused to reveal the size of the fines meted out to both clubs, but it's understood that Rovers were fined €350 with Bohs receiving a four-figure punishment and also summoned to a meeting about their match operations on the night.

Neither club have opted to appeal, which indicates they are relatively satisfied with the level of punishment from the association's Disciplinary Committee.

Reputation

Caulfield thinks the authorities need to go further to stamp out such behaviour, offering his opinion that clubs should be aware of individuals with a reputation for causing trouble.

"The only way is to penalise clubs by points, then they'll stop letting them in," said Caulfield, speaking to local media in Cork. "Why do Bohs let them in? I don't (just) mean Bohs. But if the club are penalised by a six-point deduction or something like that - I think that's what needs to happen.

"We have a family crowd in Cork, FORAS have worked on that and you don't want gougers coming in that can ruin it for everyone. We man our own gates. We know everyone who comes in. It's not like we have 80,000 coming in that people don't know.

"Every ground knows who comes in. If there's someone they're unsure of, and they think there's any issue, they shouldn't let them in.

"To me, the only sanction is to penalise clubs with points. You fine Bohemians £3,000 (the fine is believed to be lower) - they already owe €8m (they actually owed in the region of €4m to Zurich Bank last year) but if they're penalised points, every club will start to look after it," continued Caulfield, who was angered that the pitch invasions during Shamrock Rovers' 4-0 win featured heavily on the RTE news sport bulletins over the weekend.

Meanwhile, Ireland defender Marc Wilson could play in a friendly game next week to accelerate his recovery from a knee problem and get his Euro 2016 ambitions back on track. The 28-year-old has been out since January.

Irish Independent

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