Swilly Rovers to appeal sanctions over alleged racism incident in SFAI Cup tie
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.