Swilly Rovers to appeal sanctions over alleged racism incident in SFAI Cup tie
Published 14/03/2014 | 02:30
SWILLY ROVERS are set to lodge an appeal after being heavily sanctioned by the Schoolboys' Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) over an alleged racial incident at a game in Swilly Park.
The Ramelton-based club attended a hearing with the SFAI on Wednesday to answer an allegation that a player from Castlebar Celtic was the subject of 'chants of a racial nature' from a section of the attendance at an U-15 SFAI Cup game on March 1.
Yesterday the club was informed that it had been fined €1,000. The club has also been ordered to play future games in this season's SFAI Cup competitions (including the U-15 quarter-final against Kingdom Boys from Kerry) at a neutral venue and to undertake an FAI inter-cultural racism programme.
However, Swilly are vehemently contesting the allegation, and a hastily-arranged meeting last night was expected to confirm that an appeal will be lodged with the FAI.
The investigation was launched by the SFAI on foot of a complaint by Mayo Intercultural Action, who made FAI intercultural programme co-ordinator Des Tomlinson aware of the claims.