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Sunday 17 December 2017

Angry Dundalk determined to fight UEFA disciplinary fine

Dundalk FC supporters at Poljud Stadium, Split. Picture credit: Ivana Ivanovic / SPORTSFILE
Dundalk FC supporters at Poljud Stadium, Split. Picture credit: Ivana Ivanovic / SPORTSFILE

Garry Doyle

League of Ireland Premier Division leaders Dundalk are set to challenge UEFA's decision to fine them €18,000 for events which occurred during last month's Europa League game against Hajduk Split.

UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee charged the club under Article 16 (2) of their disciplinary rules after a section of Dundalk supporters waved Palestine flags during the course of the game, an action UEFA deems inappropriate.

UEFA were also unhappy with the decision by a tiny number of Dundalk's supporters to watch the game from a standing rather than seated area of the ground.

This combination of events has led to the club receiving a fine totalling €18,000, although the club, as of last night, are unaware of the breakdown of the charges.

They are, however, bemused by the severity of the fine - and having received advice from the FAI - plan to appeal, a process which will cost them €1,000 but one which Dundalk's officials believe will be successful.

Elsewhere, the saga involving England's pursuit of Jack Grealish took a fresh twist yesterday when his father and agent, Kevin Grealish, admitted that his son was not going to make a rushed decision on his international future.

The 18-year-old has been the star performer in Noel King's Ireland U-21 side over the past 12 months and has broken into Aston Villa's first team.

"Regarding Ireland, it is a case of we are going to see how it pans out with Villa, because everything is moving a bit too quickly, with England, Ireland and Villa," said Grealish Snr.

"As Roy Keane said to me, 'You've got some problems, but they are nice problems'. And he is right.

"We spoke to Martin O'Neill and explained our situation. He wasn't annoyed. He said it was completely up to us. We had a great conversation. Martin is a smashing bloke."

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