Sunday 20 May 2018

Limerick FC slam sections of their own home support for 'disgusting' treatment of players

Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett
Limerick FC manager Tommy Barrett
Aidan Fitzmaurice

Aidan Fitzmaurice

Limerick FC have described as "disgusting" the treatment which has been meted out to players from sections of the home support this season.

With just one win in 12 games, the Blues are in the bottom two and facing a battle for survival. But the club have strongly come out against what they have described as a campaign by some home fans who, it's claimed, have singled out the locally-produced players for abuse.

"The club have received complaints about the actions of some people at our games. This extends to non-football related chanting, which is not acceptable and will not be tolerated," Limerick said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, and sadly, certain people – which we will not address as supporters as they are the total opposite – have aimed abuse at some of our own players, and in particular, most disappointingly towards some of our homegrown, local players. We find this to be disgusting and totally counterproductive to the goal of the players and all concerned.

"Tommy Barrett, his management team and players have worked extremely hard this season in ensuring that we are competitive in a very difficult Premier Division. When merited, we have praised the fantastic vocal support that makes a huge difference to the team’s performances on the pitch. "However, we are very disappointed that a certain faction has decided to row against the team and club in our bid to maintain top-flight football in the city and region. We do not want and do not need these people at our games as it is having a negative impact on our players."

Limerick host St Patrick's Athletic next Friday.

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