Friday 25 May 2018

Troubled Limerick take aim at critics

Limerick FC owner Pat O'Sullivan. Photo: Sportsfile
Limerick FC owner Pat O'Sullivan. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Limerick FC have condemned what they describe as the 'disgusting' criticism aimed at home players from their own supporters.

But the club's hierarchy have come under fire for their statement with fans and former employers worried about the club's health.

Ex-Limerick keeper Eddie Hickey - who departed his role as goalkeeping coach in February - has suggested the authorities need to consider their own position.

It's been a fractious season for the Shannonsiders who sit second from bottom in the Premier Division table and attendances have fallen steadily. Limerick's statement said fans had crossed the line.

"Unfortunately, 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 home-grown local players," it said.

"We find this to be disgusting and totally counterproductive. 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."

The statement addressed complaints from fans about the division of home matches into category 'A' and 'B' affairs and an entry cost of €18 for 'A' games for those fans who haven't purchased online in advance. Limerick say the price structure was influenced by a 35pc increase in rent for the Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership-owned Markets Field.

Owner Pat O'Sullivan has said the club needs new investment to keep going. The Blues held a meeting for the local business community last night which followed on from a recent event in Dublin which was aimed at Limerick people in the capital.

Irish Independent

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